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Private Fuel Storage keeps trying to get its radioactive foot in Utah’s backdoor . . . and the door needs to be slammed shut firmly.

In March, you’ll recall, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled it would be too risky to store spent fuel rods from most of the nation’s commercial nuclear reactors above ground on the Goshute Reservation in Skull Valley. The proposed site is in the direct path of fighter jets on routine training missions from Hill Air Force Base.

"Too dangerous," said the Feds.

Undaunted, P.F.S., that consortium of eastern nuclear power companies, says it will cut its storage plans by 90 percent. Instead of shipping 4000 radioactive casks to Utah’s west desert, they now need space for only 336 casks.

"Smaller target," they contend.

Do they take us for bumpkins out here in the West? Are they forgetting the above ground casks would still be in the flight path? The danger would still exist! Besides, making it smaller doesn’t alter the fact it shouldn’t be stored there in the first place.

On May 29, PFS will argue its modified case before the NRC Licensing Board. And once again, KSL urges the board to reject any proposal to store spent nuclear fuel in Utah. It is time to slam the door!

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