- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Members of Congress will resubmit a bill Wednesday to ban the importation of foreign nuclear waste.
The effort is primarily in response to an EnergySolutions Inc. application to import up to 20,000 tons of Italian nuclear waste through the ports of Charleston, S.C., or New Orleans for processing in Tennessee. After processing, about 1,600 tons would be disposed of in Utah.
The proposal has drawn opposition from residents who say they don't want the state to be an international dumping ground.
Some members of Congress objected to the proposal, saying space in nuclear dumps is needed for domestic waste.
The same bill stalled in Congress last year.
EnergySolutions contends it has plenty of space at its dump and that there's no scientific reason to keep it out.
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