Moving 12 Million Tons Of Nuclear Waste

The Department of Energy is moving radioactive waste farther from the banks of the Colorado River in Utah, where it has been temporarily stored.
August 1, 2005, 1pm PDT | Brenda Meyer
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The mound is just 750 feet from the river in southeastern Utah. Environmentalists have long feared its contaminants are leaching into the soil and could eventually poison the water supplies of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and other cities... The radioactive waste is to be moved mostly by rail starting in 2007 to a proposed holding site near Crescent Junction, Utah, about 30 miles from the Colorado River. The cleanup and move have been estimated to cost more than $300 million."

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Published on Thursday, July 28, 2005 in Environmental News Network


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