Radioactive waste bill passes; veto by Utah governor appears unlikely

Critics say bill paves the way for state to accept 'hotter' material

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  • Mojave Radio Perry, UT
    March 6, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    Who thought this was a good idea? WHO? Probably someone with more money than You.

    Feb. 26, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    Jim - thanks for taking the time to inject some facts and logic into the discussion. I appreciate it.

  • JimHopf San Jose, CA
    Feb. 25, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    Depleted uranium is significantly less radioactive than natural uranium. Even though it may get somewhat more radioactive in the extremely distant future, it will always remain less radioacitve than the natural uranium that naturally exists throughout the environment. But alas, in a sign of intellectual dishonesty, nuclear opponents seize upon the "getting hotter" thing.

    And here we have many comments suggesting that this is extremely dangerous stuff, even though the volume of this uranium is tiny compared to the naturally occurring uranium that exists throughout Utah, and is completely uncontained. This has no potential to significantly increase state residents' overall radiation exposure.

    Finally, we have people who simply describe the legislators' actions as "selfish" and nothing more. No concept that the waste issue exists and needs to be resolved. Where should it be buried? What will we do with it? The answer here is simply, "somewhere else", or it's "someone else's problem". A remote, arid site which already has a disposal site in operation is a logical place to put low-level wastes.

  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    Feb. 24, 2019 11:38 a.m.

    HB 220 allows a single person; the Director of Waste Management and Radiation Control to decide whether to allow waste into the Clive facility. It removes the responsibility from the DWMRC Board. Currently, DWMRC does not have a director. The Interim Director, Rusty Lundquist would be to sole decider. That's a bad idea.

  • okeesmokee SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 9:50 p.m.


    No, I don't remember when the Goshutes wanted to do "this" for hospital level radiation grade waste. Do you remember when that happened?

    I remember when the Goshutes proposed to store spent fuel. I remember when Republicans and Democrats were opposed to that proposal.

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 9:15 p.m.

    @ ConservativeCommonTater

    Yes, I remember

    Sad state of affairs. Money for our lawmakers is more important than common sense or the people that they were elected to represent.

    They have a short term horizon and they leave long term consequences in their wake.

    I wish I could do more for our young folks and future generations. Some of these lawmakers are the most selfish people. It’s a shame. I don’t see them as being good stewards.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 5:06 p.m.

    Anyone remember when Republicans shot down the Goshutes that wanted to do this for hospital level radiation grade waste?

    Does anyone remember when the legislature approved low level waste with the promise that nothing hotter would come to Utah?

    Does anyone remember the promises Steve Creamer of Energy Pollutions and the legislators said hot stuff wouldn't come to Utah?

    Apparently the legislators have forgotten. And, as long as the campaign contributions from Energy Pollutions keeps finding their way to legislators, memories will get shorter.

  • okeesmokee SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 1:37 p.m.


    I don't work for EnergySolutions, but here are some interesting facts.

    Depleted Uranium is the by-product of enriching uranium. Uranium is processed for fuel by removing the more radioactive U-235/234 isotopes, this is known as enriched uranium. The by product material is the less radioactive U-238 (depleted Uranium). Natural Uranium is generally 99.27% U-238, 0.72% U-235, and other minor Uranium Isotopes, so Depleted Uranium has slightly more U-238 than it does in nature, but less U-235.

    As for the facility being in a flood plain, by your reasoning all of the Wasatch front is also in a flood plain. The facility actually has a higher elevation than most of Salt Lake - if the facility is underwater, Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo, etc. are also underwater. Think of all the other "toxic" things that will be underwater should Lake Bonneville return.

  • randomoon Kanab, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 12:56 p.m.

    This is shocking since so many in Utah receive compensation as Down Winders from previous radioactive activity in UT. What is wrong with their thinking? They don't seem to care at all about the people in their State or our environment!

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 11:49 a.m.


    Republicans do this because they can get away with it without consequences

    Maybe one day Utah voters will actually start thinking for themselves

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 11:42 a.m.

    This is an good opportunity for Utah if it is managed right, but only if.

    Utah has lots of area. It stands to reason if an area can accept this waste for lots of money, and this waste stays put. There will be no downside, but lots of upside.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 11:11 a.m.

    Utah license-plate motto: "Radiation Elevated"

  • JimDabakis Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 10:58 a.m.

    There is a better chance that I am going to star in FROZEN on Broadway, then Gov Herbert will veto bringing depleted uranium to Utah!
    Last year, the legislature shifted the $1.7 million dollar cost of regulating EnergySolutions from ES to taxpayers. Yep, ES private shareholders got a huge corporate welfare check. Flush with success, this year, ES gets to bring in nasty, nasty depleted uranium. The Legislature says YES!
    Utah, The best government Of the corporations, By the corporations and For the corporations!

  • Larry Fine Layton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 9:49 a.m.

    Where are all the Bears Ears/Environmentalists at? Shouldn't they be up in arms?

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 9:15 a.m.

    Why do our republican leaders do such foolish things

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 8:24 a.m.

    Acceptance of this waste makes Utah the radioactive dump capital of the USA. I surmise a new slogan for Utah. " Come to Utah where you can get a tan at any time of the night or day" Somehow the term cesspool comes to mind when I read about these "hotter" waste materials. At least cow manure is being put to good use.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 2:47 a.m.

    Personally I am disappointed by the actions of our Republican dominated legislature.

    To me they seem pawns of special interest groups.

    Does anyone really think they represent the voters.

    The so called taxpayer funded “Inland Port” with in the Salt Lake Valley can be a transfer point of radio active shipments via train and truck.

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 11:26 p.m.

    A pretty, great state

    Poor air quality, high taxes and hot waste. A dumping ground indeed.

    Another depressing story that ignores the rights and needs of our future generations.

    Life elevated. I don’t think so.

    And the Governor, most likely, will sign this into law. Oh my...

    This story is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to poor decision making by the law makers. Show us the money trail.

    Stay positive, we can always move.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 9:26 p.m.

    "I guess having Dugway Proving Ground in Salt Lake's backyard wasn't enough. This will now become repository for all the waste that Yucca Mountain was supposed to take. Whatever happened to Zion?"

    Sold for 30 pieces of silver to Utah Republican politicians.

  • LoveLondon Murray, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 5:46 p.m.

    I could care less how radioactive it is. Why do we want to be the dumping ground for the rest of the US?

    Feb. 22, 2019 5:32 p.m.


    Yeah, it does. A cloud of dust into the air could affect our air quality, and have us breathing depleted uranium. Actually depleted uranium is not a correct name, as it gets more and more radioactive.

    Keep in mind, energy solutions is in a flood plain that was 1,000 feet underwater 14,000 years ago. You don't put toxic materials in a flood plain.

    Where can we find the name of legislatures who voted for this?

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Feb. 22, 2019 4:43 p.m.

    I'am so glad Energy Solutions gets the tax break and the right to store this waste. Are Republican Legislators are too.

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 4:02 p.m.

    By the number of comments...nobody cares. By the overwhelming votes to pass this....again not much dissent. If Trump wanted to drop this in Utah there would 200 comments shredding him.
    It seems to be a non story by a majority. Utah isn't Zion.

  • Skinny Skip from Ojai Ventura, CA
    Feb. 22, 2019 3:44 p.m.

    I guess having Dugway Proving Ground in Salt Lake's backyard wasn't enough. This will now become repository for all the waste that Yucca Mountain was supposed to take. Whatever happened to Zion?

  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 3:04 p.m.

    @ RRB

    There are a lot worse things travelling down our highways than this, believe me. If a shipment of DU crashed and spilled it's load, the people in the immediate vicinity might have a 1% increased risk of cancer 50 years down the road. When a propane or gasoline truck crashes, everyone in the immediate vicinity usually dies right then.

    Your assertion that a, "well placed small yield bomb, with favorable winds, could cover the Salt Lake area with radioactive material," is pure fantasy. There's not enough space here to explain the details but, no, it doesn't work that way.

    @ just one voice

    "How does this make Utah a healthier place to live?"

    How does it not?

    "Who benefits besides Energy Solutions???"

    Lets see, taxpayers, other local businesses, schools, workers and any others who benefit from any other business in Utah.

    "Just a review and the approval of one person is all that stands between us and a site that gets "hotter" as time passes.. WHY??"

    First of all, it wasn't just one person. And do you know anything about DU? Yes, it will become > Class A waste over time. Around one million years from now.

    Feb. 22, 2019 2:27 p.m.

    I don't want this traveling down our highways. We have been fighting this for a decade or two. I would think that our legislature would realize that Utah doesn't want it, and it won't help to attract clean business in the future.

    Who wants to live near a radioactive dump? One well placed small yield bomb, with favorable winds, could cover the Salt Lake area with radioactive material. (Including the NSA headquarters).

    This is a terrorists delight.

  • just one voice Highland, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 1:49 p.m.

    How does this make Utah a healthier place to live? Who benefits besides Energy Solutions??? Just a review and the approval of one person is all that stands between us and a site that gets "hotter" as time passes.. WHY??