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The fight to keep high-level nuclear waste from being stored on the Goshute Reservation in Utah’s west desert is proceeding on several fronts. We urge those Utah officials involved in the critical battle to carry on with unrelenting fervor.

KSL is hopeful hearings currently underway before the licensing board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will derail the possibility of Utah becoming the nation’s dumping ground for spent nuclear fuel rods. We’re hopeful the commission will conclude that vulnerable casks containing the rods should never be placed where a stray missile or military fighter could crash into them. The ill-advised proposed storage site, after all, is near the flight path used each year by thousands of military jets that use the Utah Test and Training Range.

We’re also hopeful Congress will move forward with a creative measure that could scuttle the project by blocking rail access to the proposed storage site through the establishment of a new wilderness area in the west desert.

Above all – yet with a hefty dose of skepticism – we’re also hopeful Uncle Sam will somehow find a permanent resolution to his nuclear waste conundrum. Especially, he should be finding a way to permanently store the waste closer to where it is used rather than trying to foist it on Utah and Nevada.

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