Utah governor orders depleted uranium testing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

January 13, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered the testing of barrels of depleted uranium from South Carolina to see how radioactive it is.

Department of Environmental Quality Executive Director Amanda Smith says the state and EnergySolutions Inc. will sample the depleted uranium from the Savannah River Site being stored in Utah's west desert.

Smith says the Division of Radiation Control will collect samples and send them to an outside lab for testing within two months.

Herbert's testing request comes after an environmental group says it reviewed shipping manifests for some of the waste and found the barrels contain waste in concentrations higher than state law allows EnergySolutions to accept.

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