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Tons of radioactive waste leave Oklahoma for Utah mill

The Associated Press - November 30, 2018 1:37 pm

GORE, Okla. (AP) – More than 10,000 tons of radioactive waste that had been in northeastern Oklahoma is now in Utah.

Officials with the Oklahoma attorney general’s office, the Cherokee Nation, state environmental officials and city of Gore officials announced Friday that the waste from the former Sequoyah Fuels plant near Gore has been sent to the White Mesa Mill in Blanding, Utah.

The material will be recycled and reused.

The waste is the byproduct of the production of fuel for nuclear reactors. It was kept at the former plant site near the confluence of the Arkansas and Illinois Rivers.

The plant was closed in the 1990s following an accident that injured dozens of workers.

 

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