Governor Herbert undecided on foreign nuclear waste proposal
Sep 12, 2009
Reported by: Chris Vanocur
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Governor Herbert is not ruling out a nuclear waste deal with EnergySolutions.
In an exclusive interview with ABC 4, the governor said he would not deny the possibility of a revenue sharing deal with the waste disposal company.
One thing Utah's governor can definitely say: the EnergySolutions situation is very complex.
"It’s not a black and white issue. People get very emotional about this thing and as we become emotional, rational thought sometimes goes out the window,"
Herbert tells ABC 4 he had a courtesy call with and presentation from EnergySolutions and the company wants the governor to know its offer is still on the table.
In the proposal, the state would allow Italian nuclear waste into Utah and, in return, EnergySolutions would share that revenue with the state.
That could mean 100 million dollars a year for Utah.
ABC 4's Chris Vanocur spoke with Governor Herbert and this is what the governor had to say about the EnergySolutions offer:
Vanocur: "You are in a position, of course, where you could end some of these rumors by saying absolutely not, there's no way we're going to do the deal."
Gov. Herbert: "I can commit that the thing I will do is what's in the best interests of Utah moving forward.
Vanocur: "If I was a reporter writing a story about that answer I'd probably say something like the governor didn't say no."
Gov. Herbert: "Well, the governor didn't say no because who knows what tomorrow may bring."
ABC 4 also asked Gary Herbert if the state's current 700 million dollar budget shortfall makes it more tempting to accept EnergySolutions offer.
The governor told us the money is "irrelevant.”
This exclusive interview with Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell can be seen this weekend on "On the Record," which airs Sunday morning at eight on ABC 4.
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