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It appears Utah will not become the nation’s dumping ground for hotter radioactive waste than is currently allowed for disposal here - the so-called B & C waste. KSL says thank goodness!

It definitely is good news that the new owners of Envirocare have withdrawn the firm’s application to accept B & C waste. It is good news they have also purchased a neighboring competing facility that had intentions of going after B & C waste. And it’s good news that Utah lawmakers are acting expeditiously to codify the state’s ban on the unwanted stuff.

Let’s be clear about one thing: Envirocare, for all the controversy surrounding the firm over the years, provides an important service as a disposal site for low-level radioactive waste. It began, Utahns should recall, when a means was needed for cleaning up the tailings from an old uranium mill in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley.

Obviously, the need for such a quality facility continues, otherwise seasoned investors in New York and Utah wouldn’t commit millions of dollars to buy it. So, yes, it is also good news to know they’re confident Envirocare can be profitable without going after the type of radioactive waste that would increase the risk of harm to the citizens of this state. It is good to have such good news.

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