Lawsuit reopens issue of depleted uranium disposal in Utah

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Salt lake City — (AP) Fears are being rekindled that a type of nuclear waste that grows more radioactive for 2 million years could end up buried in Utah’s west desert now that the federal government is trying to block EnergySolutions’ pending purchase of a company that has a site in Texas already approved to store the material.

The Deseret News reports that the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit in mid-November against the Salt Lake City-based nuclear waste disposal company over its pending acquisition of a competitor’s Texas facility that handles low-level radioactive waste.

Critics of EnergySolutions’ plan to dispose of depleted uranium in Utah say if the company could buy the Texas facility, it would make business sense to send the radioactive material to Texas instead of the Utah desert.

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