News: Federal regulators hear Utah testimony on depleted uranium

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Thursday, June 25 2015 Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s top regulator over radioactive waste briefed the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday, urging that a proposed rule slated to be adopted in the coming year incorporate much of the groundwork already accomplished in the state.

OP-ED: Navas & Archibald: Utah has already paid its price for America’s nuclear programs

By Mary Ellen Navas & Bob Archibald For the Deseret News Wednesday, May 6 2015 Utah’s history includes a sad chapter in which our citizens were asked to sacrifice for America’s national security. Some are still paying the price of the fallout from nuclear weapons testing in Nevada. Now, again, we …

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NEWS: EnergySolutions pauses plan to dispose of nation’s depleted uranium in Utah landfill

Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune April 13, 2015 EnergySolutions has asked the state to put its approval process on hold after regulators raised concerns about the firm’s plan to permanently dispose of the nation’s stockpile of depleted uranium at its Clive landfill. On Monday, the Department of Environmental Quality …

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Press Release: New State Report Finds Huge Gaps In EnergySolutions’ Depleted Uranium Study

PRESS RELEASE *** PRESS RELEASE *** PRESS RELEASE NEW STATE REPORT FINDS HUGE GAPS IN ENERGYSOLUTIONS’ DEPLETED URANIUM STUDY CRITICS URGE HERBERT ADMINISTRATION TO REJECT LONG-LIVED NUKE WASTE GIVEN UNANSWERED QUESTIONS After a state report released today found numerous holes in EnergySolutions’ technical study arguing Utah can safely take long-lived …

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NEWS: Department of Environmental Quality to merge radiation and waste divisions

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune March 13, 2015 Two state divisions charged with overseeing the big industries that handle dangerous waste will be consolidated under new legislation passed in 2015. State managers say merging the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste and the Division of Radiation Control will improve …

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NEWS: Merger of environmental boards stokes concerns, opposition from Utah Radiation Control Board

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News March 12, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Radiation Control Board voted unanimously to voice its opposition to the state Legislature’s move to dismantle the organization, declaring the change is ill-advised and members should have been consulted.

NEWS: Advocates say merger of dangerous waste boards would tilt in industry’s favor

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 11 2015 The Senate took final action Wednesday to consolidate two Department of Environmental Quality divisions that handle dangerous waste.

NEWS: Environmentalists Concerned Merger May Open Door for Uranium Dumping in West Desert

Ryan Curtis November 26, 2014 Utah Political Capitol In order to improve efficiency, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is planning to merge the Division of Radiation Control and the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste… and one group isn’t too happy it. HEAL Utah, a Salt Lake City-based …

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NEWS: Radiation panel awaits more members

By Judy Fahys  The state’s new Radiation Control Board on Tuesday had to skip over its key action item — the election of officers — because it still needs two more members.  Gov. Gary Herbert’s office has not given the Senate the name of a waste-industry representative who can fill …

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NEWS: Cooke blasts Herbert for lack of transparency and oversight

By Christopher Smart Democratic gubernatorial challenger Peter Cooke Thursday unloaded on Republican Gov. Gary Herbert for his administration that Cooke contends lacks transparency and oversight. At a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol, the Democrat ran down a list he characterized as failings and missteps by Herbert, …

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