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Rocky to host radioactive-waste forum Thursday

Envirocare of Utah's proposal to accept "hotter" radioactive wastes in the state will be the topic of a panel discussion Thursday evening hosted by Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson.

The forum, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the third floor auditorium of the Salt Lake Main Library, 209 E. 500 South, will include representatives from Envirocare and opponents of the proposal.

Currently, Envirocare is seeking a license to expand its business to accept so-called class B and C waste at its landfill about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City.

The company estimates it would receive about 20,000 cubic feet of the waste each year. These wastes are hundreds, sometimes thousands, of times more radioactive than the class A waste, which is mainly contaminated soils that the company is now licensed to dispose of.

Envirocare must seek Legislative and governor approval.

That proposal is much different from a controversial proposal pursued by the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians, who want to store spent nuclear fuel on their reservation about 70 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.