Episode #83: Anne Mariah Tapp, Law & Policy Advisor for the Grand Canyon Trust

Anne Mariah chats with Matt about the economic and environmental impacts of uranium milling and nuclear waste storage near Blanding, Utah. Anne Mariah describes the White Mesa Mill, the last conventional uranium mill in North America. Its nuclear waste pits, nearby residents and advocates say, pose some serious concerns regarding …

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NEWS: Antitrust lawsuit spins new possibilities for Utah, depleted uranium disposal

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News November 29, 2016 Critics of a plan to bury a unique form of radioactive waste in Utah’s western desert fear a new federal lawsuit may hasten the arrival of the material that grows increasingly radioactive as it decays. The U.S. Department of Justice filed an …

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Episode #44: Sophia Nicholas, HEAL’s Departing Associate Director

Matt has a bittersweet interview with Sophia, who recently left HEAL after eight great years as first Development Director than Associate Director. Sophia talks about how HEAL changed during her time, from a group that focused mostly on nuclear issues to now also working on air and energy issues. They …

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NEWS: Nuclear waste company — Depleted uranium rules too stringent

By Brady McCombs for Associated Press KSL Dec. 3, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nuclear waste disposal company seeking permission to bury a type of nuclear material in Utah that grows more radioactive for 2 million years says the state’s requirements are too stringent and go beyond the …

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NEWS: EnergySolutions says Utah’s nuclear-waste rules too stringent

The Associated Press Salt Lake Tribune Dec. 3, 2015   A nuclear-waste disposal company seeking permission to bury a type of nuclear material in Utah that grows more radioactive for 2 million years says the state’s requirements are too stringent and go beyond the scope of federal guidelines. Utah-based Energy­Solutions …

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NEWS: EnergySolutions says state requirements for depleted uranium too stringent

By Ami Joi O’Donoghue The Deseret News December 2, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY — EnergySolutions said state regulatory requirements for the long-term disposal of large quantities of depleted uranium are too stringent, going beyond the scope of even what the federal government requires and are in violation of Utah’s “no …

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NEWS: New wrinkle in plan to stash depleted uranium in Utah

By Brady McCombs Associated Press November 20, 2015   SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nuclear waste disposal company seeking permission to bury a type of nuclear waste in Utah that grows more radioactive for 2 million years has agreed to buy a company that has a site in Texas …

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NEWS: With EnergySolutions’ acquisition of waste-disposal competitor, is depleted uranium still headed for Utah?

Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune November 20, 2015 Utah’s depleted uranium debate just got a Texas twist with Energy Solutions’ announcement that it has entered a deal to acquire its only U.S. competitor for managing interstate radioactive waste. The Salt Lake City-based company intends to buy Waste Control Specialists …

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Op-ed: However Energy Solutions dresses it up, depleted uranium doesn’t belong here

Matt Pacenza Salt Lake Tribune July 18th, 2015 The debate over whether EnergySolutions’ West Desert site is appropriate for depleted uranium can turn into a muddled alphabet soup. Is depleted uranium Class A waste? When does it become B and C? Is it greater than C? Whack through that dense …

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Episode #2: How EnergySolutions Got Its Way in DC

In the second episode of our podcast, Matt describes important federal nuclear waste policy being developed which would have big impacts in Utah. He tells the sad story of how the NRC Commissioners overruled some decent policy proposals from their staff — and instead gave EnergySolutions exactly what they wanted. If this outrages you — and it should — consider joining Matt at an NRC hearing in downtown Salt Lake City on Wed. 6/10 at 6 pm. Full details here. Continue reading