Court: Compact can keep foreign nuclear waste out

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  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Nov. 10, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    Sorry, Mike Lee, the company you shill for lost. What are you going to do next to try to favor them over us, the people you are supposedly going to represent (I say "supposedly" because representing US isn't what in you're in the Senate for).

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    It scares me how close Utah got to recieving radioactive nuclear waste from another country.

    Well done federal appeals!

  • Captain Morgan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    After reading that press release, you'd think EnergySolutions was as meek as a lamb! EnergySolutions originally placed a bid to import radioactive waste from Italy, planning to dispose of this waste at their Clive Facility near Tooele, Utah. When the Northwest Compact resisted this action, EnergySolutions with the help of their lawyer, U.S. Senator-elect Mike Lee, sued, claiming the Compact didn't have statutory authority to regulate the radioactive waste. The federal appeals court overturned an earlier ruling by the 10th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, noting that it was unlikely Utah would have issued a license if it was powerless to control the transportation of radioactive waste across its borders.

    I applaud the federal appeals court for its ruling against EnergySolutions, in essence allowing Utah to prohibit EnergySolutions from importing foreign radioactive waste.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Nov. 9, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Thanks for the clarification, ES. And kudos for using boards like these to get your message out. You're in a tough PR spot with Utahns, no doubt about it, but you are a legitimate, tax-paying Utah business and deserve to be heard and to defend your industry.

  • ES4UT Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    EnergySolutions statement regarding Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision:

    In this litigation, which was initiated at a time when the company was pursuing the disposal of foreign generated waste at its Clive, Utah facility, the company sought clarification of the Northwest Compact's authority over its Clive operations. Last July, the company announced that it had abandoned all plans to dispose of foreign generated materials at Clive, but the lawsuit nevertheless continued in order to clarify the relationship between the company and the Northwest Compact.

    The company is pleased that the court has now clarified its relationship with the eight-state regional compact, with which the company has had a long mutually satisfactory working relationship. The court's ruling will have no impact on the domestic business the company has been doing in cooperation with the compact and the State of Utah since its inception.

  • Lefty Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    I guess EnergySolutions has not yet bought off the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.