Deseret News
Letter to the editor

Why do so many of our legislators consider our beautiful state a wasteland? It seems if they can’t destroy our incredible wild lands through extraction, they want to destroy it by bringing unsafe radioactive waste into our state. The introduction of HB220 proves my point.

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HB220 would replace a 15-year ban on admitting class B and class C radioactive materials into Utah disposal sites and would allow any class to be accepted and stored as long as the director of Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control deems it safe. HB220 also determines waste classifications based on time of arrival; when dealing with waste like depleted uranium, it becomes more radioactive over time and can become nearly 14 times more radioactive at its peak than when it is first stored. Utah should not be a storage facility for other states radioactive waste.

HB220 is a gift to EnergySolutions and a betrayal of Utah residents and its future generations.

Maurena Grossman

Salt Lake City