Senator Bennett holding up vote on ban of foreign nuclear waste
Washington » Sen. Bob Bennett's reservations over legislation that would ban the importation of foreign radioactive waste are holding up any Senate action on the measure, its lead sponsor said Thursday.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican who introduced the bill in the Senate, said he doesn't plan to push the legislation that has already zoomed through the House until he's able to assuage Bennett's opposition.
"Senator Bennett has some real concerns about it so I need to meet with him about how to go forward with this," Alexander told The Salt Lake Tribune just off the Senate floor Thursday. "Senator Bennett is a powerful force here in the United States Senate, and I'll probably have to try to accommodate his concerns in order to move the bill forward."
Tennessee has a big stake in the issue, as does Utah. The bill is aimed at halting Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions from carrying out its plan to bring 20,000 tons of radioactive waste from Italy to Tennessee for processing and then burying 1,600 tons of leftovers at the company's Utah site.