Tenn. regulators won't block Italian nuclear waste processing

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee regulators say there is no "technical reason" to prevent a Utah company from processing nuclear waste from Italy in Tennessee, but political opposition continues to grow.

Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions Inc. wants to bring about 20,000 tons of waste from shuttered nuclear plants in Italy through the ports of Charleston, S.C., or New Orleans, process it in Oak Ridge and send what's left to a disposal site in Utah.

The plan has drawn widespread opposition from environmental groups and politicians.

But the Tennessee Division of Radiological Health has told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the proposed work falls within the company's Tennessee licenses and that the agency has no jurisdiction over larger questions about importing foreign waste.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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