NRC seeks public comment about plan to bring nuke waste to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a plan to import about 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy for processing in Tennessee and disposal in Utah.

The regulatory agency published notice in the Federal Register on Monday that it was allowing 30 days for petitioners to seek a hearing or request to become an intervener on the plan sought by Utah-based EnergySolutions Inc.

The company would bring in the waste -- mostly paper, plastic, wood, metal and ion-exchange resins from shuttered nuclear plants -- through the ports of Charleston, S.C., or New Orleans.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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