State Argues Against Scaled-Back Nuclear Waste Facility

State Argues Against Scaled-Back Nuclear Waste Facility

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- State attorneys have urged federal regulators to reject a scaled-back proposal for storing nuclear waste at the Goshutes' Skull Valley reservation in western Utah.

Private Fuel Storage, the utility consortium behind the proposal, is proposing to store 336 casks of nuclear waste instead of the four thousand originally planned.

The state's lawyers, led by Assistant Attorney General Denise Chancellor and Special Assistant Attorney General Connie Nakahara, focused on the financial concerns that would be raised by allowing P-F-S to proceed with the 336-cask proposal.

They questioned whether P-F-S could store enough waste to finance the facility's construction, operation and decommissioning.

P-F-S is seeking a license to build an aboveground storage site for used nuclear rods that are awaiting permanent disposal elsewhere, presumably in the government's underground repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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