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Energysolutions: Foreign Waste Deal Still On Table



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - EnergySolutions Inc. says its offer to share revenue with Utah from the disposal of foreign nuclear waste in the state's west desert is still on the table and is in settlement discussions. Under former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Utah objected to disposing of up to 1,600 tons of low-level radioactive waste at the company's facility 70 miles west of Salt Lake City. Utah used a regional compact to try to block the shipment, but the company appealed in federal court and won. The state has since appealed.

In February, the company said it would offer Utah 50 percent of its net revenues from the disposal of foreign nuclear waste if the state dropped its objections. In a statement Friday, the company said its offer is still in the best interest of Utah.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Gary Herbert didn't immediately respond to messages.

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