Take that nuke waste and shove it


"We wanted to put a spike right through the heart of this project and this does it," said Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, R, praising the Interior Department’s Sept. 7 rejection of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe’s plan to store spent nuclear fuel rods on its reservation. The site, southwest of Salt Lake City, would have temporarily housed up to 44,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste on its way to the proposed federal repository in Yucca Mountain — likely providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the tribe. Critics argue that the plan involves unacceptable safety and security risks, and some say the troubled Yucca Mountain site may never be built, leaving the Goshutes holding the bag.


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