Matheson proposes banning the importation of foreign waste

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson from Utah wants to ban the importing of low-level foreign nuclear waste that would be processed in Tennessee.

The Utah Democrat says the U.S. has enough trouble finding a place to dispose of its own waste. He says America shouldn't use the limited space it has on waste from other countries.

Matheson introduced a bill Thursday that calls for a ban on foreign, low-level radioactive waste.

His effort comes as EnergySolutions wants to import about 20,000 tons of waste from closed nuclear plants in Italy for processing in Tennessee.

About 8 percent of the material, or some 1,600 tons, is expected to be left over and would be shipped to the company's disposal facility about 70 miles west of Salt Lake City.

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

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