Amy Joi O’Donoghue
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 antitrust lawsuit in mid-November against Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions over its pending acquisition of Waste Control Specialists, which operates a competing west Texas facility handling low-level radioactive waste.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse of the DOJ’s antitrust division said the Texas company is the only “real competition” EnergySolutions has faced since the Texas facility opened four years ago.
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