Bill to ban foreign nuclear waste at U.S. ports to get hearing

A hearing on a bill to ban the importation of foreign nuclear waste has been set Tuesday in Washington, D.C. House democrats Jim Matheson of Utah and Bart Gordon of Tennessee are sponsoring the Radioactive Import Deterrence Act. The bill was created as a response to Energy Solutions Inc’s plan to import 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italy through the ports of Charleston or New Orleans. After processing in Tennessee, about 1,600 tons would be disposed of at Energy Solutions’ disposal facility in Utah. Matheson and Gordon says the U.S. should reserve its disposal facilities for domestic waste.