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Editorial: Buyer beware

Salt Lake Tribune

EnergySolutions has a good thing going, a virtual monopoly on the disposal of Class A low-level radioactive waste in the United States.

The company's waste disposal facility at Clive in Tooele County serves as the sole repository for low-level waste generated in 36 states. And that waste stream produces a steady stream of revenue.

Delay urged for water diversion

Deseret News

Critics of a plan to divert river water to support a proposed nuclear reactor in Emery County say any diversion should be put on hold until a new study of the Colorado River's water supplies is completed.

Additionally, they say Utah's water engineer should hold off until their protests are formally heard in the spring of 2010.

At issue is the transfer of 24,000 acre-feet of water from the San Juan River to the Green River in support of Blue Castle Holdings' nuclear reactor at an industrial park.

Milford wind farm to open next month

Deseret News

 Utah's largest wind farm is mostly complete and could start generating commercial electricity in November, First Wind development director Peter Sullivan told the House Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee on Wednesday morning.

Nuclear negotiator: Time to ratify comprehensive testing ban

Salt Lake Tribune

There was no sudden revelation. No moment of clarity. No conscientious shift.

Over time, things just changed.

That's how Linton Brooks, former administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration and a longtime detractor of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, decided the United States should finally join 150 other nations that have ratified the accord.

Tailings spill shuts down EnergySolutions project until Tuesday

Deseret News

A truck carrying uranium mill tailings from a Moab cleanup project headed by EnergySolutions tipped over and spilled some of the radioactive dirt last Wednesday.

The multimillion-dollar cleanup project directed at properly disposing of the 16 million tons of uranium tailings was suspended until Tuesday for a safety evaluation, EnergySolutions spokesman Mark Walker said.

"Safety is always our first priority," Walker said. "It's a self-imposed shutdown."