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Five Things You Need to Know About Depleted Uranium:

(1) Depleted uranium (DU) gets hotter (more radioactive) with time, and lasts effectively for eternity (you can't put this in your garden ever).  See graph at right, from the WISE Uranium Project.

(2) EnergySolutions site is engineered to protect the public from this waste for 500 years. DU's hazard will outlast the EnergySolutions site, but there is a loophole in the regulations that allows EnergySolutions to dump it in Utah. 

(3) EnergySolutions is under contract to dump DU in Utah! Over 14,000 drums totaling more than 10,000 metric tons was originally scheduled to begin shipping in October 2009. Unfortunately, the Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated shipments to Utah. 

UPDATE 15 December 2009: Governor Herbert has sent a letter to DOE asking them to halt shipments of DU to Utah.

(4) Here is what you can do to help: Call Governor Herbert's office and thank him for his letter to DOE, and ask him to use every means at his disposal to stop DU from coming to Utah.

Call: (801) 538-1000 or email gherbert@utah.gov.

(5)  Already made a call? Sign our petition demanding action from our state regulators.

(6) Submit a letter to the editor of your local paper: Use our online form here.

More information on DU:

For background information and timeline, click here.

For our handy fact sheet on depleted uranium, click here

To learn more about the history and hazards on depleted uranium disposal, click here to view the presentation by HEAL Utah policy director Christopher Thomas given to the Board of Radiation Control in May 2009.