Uranium on its way out of Moab

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MOAB — After decades of controversy, a huge pile of radioactive waste near Moab is finally on the move. A train load of waste is expected to pull out of Moab Monday evening — the first of thousands of trains over the next decade or two.

The pile of red dirt blends into the red rock scenery so well, it’s hard to make out how big it is, but “big” is the word. There are 130 acres of uranium mill tailings, 16 million tons of radioactive waste.

Many Moab residents will be glad to get rid of it. “This is one of the happiest days in our town’s history, actually,” said Mayor David Sakrison.



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