NEWS: Taxpayers Could Pay Fees For Regulating Radioactive Waste Site

Judy Fahys
February 5th, 2018

Utah lawmakers have been pushing agencies to rely more and more on user fees instead of taxes. They say it’s only fair. But a bill backed by a Salt Lake City radioactive waste company would reverse that policy, shifting the cost of companies’ user fees to taxpayers.

EnergySolutions pays a special tax each year for the privilege of burying low-level radioactive waste in Utah’s West Desert, about 80 miles from Salt Lake City. Last year the tax meant over $11 million for schools, and the company paid oversight fees, too.

“What we are asking, and what this bill proposes, is to take $1.7 million from the General Fund to fund this portion of the oversight program.

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