The Colorado Public Service Commission has assured local officials that a plan to ship nearly 110 tons of spent nuclear fuel from Colorado to Idaho via northern Utah hasn't shortchanged safety.

Under the plan, the high-level radioactive waste would be transported in 247 shipments over interstate highways. The spent fuel comes from the defunct Fort St. Vrain power plant, located 40 miles north of Denver.The waste fuel is to be shipped to the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory about 30 miles west of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Shipments would enter Utah at the Wyoming border northwest of Evanston, move on Interstate 80 to Echo Junction, head west on I-84 through Morgan County to Ogden and then swing east to Idaho on I-15 through Box Elder County.