Nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site is scheduled to be heading west, or maybe not.
The U.S. Department of Energy says that Nevada has been eliminated as an alternative site for nearly 15,000 drums of depleted uranium from South Carolina that is currently scheduled to be shipped to Utah. The DOE says Nevada is being excluded from discussions about the waste because the department has agreed to conduct a statewide environmental impact study before accepting any new waste there. That study will take at least a year. The waste currently housed at the Savannah River Site is expected to begin coming to Utah later this month. The DOE could also decide to keep the waste in South Carolina. Utah Congressman Jim Matheson says that he wants the waste to stay in South Carolina until new rules for safely disposing the material is finalized. A decision is expected next week.