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The governmental system that is supposed to regulate the disposal of low-level radioactive waste seems to be broken. That’s ominous for Utah.
Decades ago, under federal guidelines, groups of states — compacts — were formed to make decisions about how to handle the toxic stuff. The idea behind the agreements was that regions would introduce some order into the process and spread out the dispersal of nasty garbage.
Recently, however, three East Coast states are bypassing their own waste dumps to ship their waste to the EnergySolutions disposal site in Tooele County.
Connecticut, New Jersey and South Carolina are in a compact, and they are supposed to send their waste to a facility in South Carolina. Instead they have sent 3.6 million cubic feet of low-level waste to Utah.