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Sandoval Urged To Block Shipments Of Uranium Waste

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Environmental groups are pressing Gov. Brian Sandoval to block shipments of potent uranium waste planned for burial at a government-managed site in Nevada.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that among those making the request are leaders of Sierra Club chapters in Nevada and Tennessee.

The highly radioactive waste now is stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, but awaits transport to the Nevada National Security Site.

It is not “high-level waste” that would have been stored at a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada. That project has since been terminated.

The Department of Energy classifies it as “low-level waste” that would meet the standards for burial at the former Nevada Test Site.

But environmentalists told the Review-Journal that it’s more dangerous and will remain so for thousands of years.

Sandoval spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner says the governor wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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