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GOP chiefs moving to tax some radioactive wastes

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GOP Legislative leaders are moving quickly to tax, at some level, low-level radioactive wastes stored by Envirocare of Utah.

Tuesday morning, House and Senate leaders decided to brief their caucuses on taxing Class A wastes that come into Utah. Only Envirocare, whose facility is in the western desert, is permitted to store such wastes.

"We're very serious" about looking at taxing the waste, said House Majority Leader Kevin Garn, R-Layton. At a Tuesday noon caucus, House Republicans were to hear from both the legislative auditor general and legislative fiscal analysts on the waste business in Utah. Out of three states that accept Class A wastes, Utah is the only one that doesn't tax it.

Last week a private consultant, hired by the legislative fiscal analyst at the request of GOP leaders, quit quickly after Envirocare officials warned him about a previous contract the man had with the hazardous waste firm.