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Jan 14, 2010 8:27 AM by Associated Press

Utah appeals decision on radioactive waste

The state of Utah and an interstate compact that regulates low-level radioactive waste are challenging a court's ruling that the compact cannot regulate a private radioactive waste site in the state.

They will argue their case in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver Thursday. EnergySolutions Inc. wants to import up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italy, process it at a Tennessee site, and dispose of about 1,600 tons of it at its facility in the western Utah desert.

A federal judge in Utah last year ruled that the Northwest Compact couldn't keep the waste out of Utah.

The Northwest Compact covers eight states.

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