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Lawmakers: EnergySolutions Can Expand Without Our Approval

Lawmakers: EnergySolutions Can Expand Without Our Approval

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah lawmakers have decided to let EngerySolutions skip asking for government approvals to expand its radioactive waste dump.

The Utah House voted 55-to-10 for Senate Bill 155 today, eliminating elected officials from the nuclear regulatory process. The Senate has already passed the bill.

Senate Bill 155 now goes to Gov. Jon Huntsman for signature. He's not yet said if he'll back it.

Tooele Republican Rep. James Gowans -- the bill sponsor -- says the bill will make day-to-day operations smoother for EngerySolutions. The company plans to nearly double the size of its nuclear waste landfill operations.

The landfill is in Tooele County, about 72 miles west of Salt Lake City's. It's the largest privately owned low-level radioactive waste dump in the country.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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