Poll: Utahns say no to nuclear waste

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most respondents to a recent poll support legislation to ban the importation of radioactive waste from foreign countries and oppose disposing of depleted uranium in Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune poll of 625 registered voters shows 68 percent support federal legislation that would ban most radioactive waste imports from foreign countries. U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, a Utah Democrat, is a sponsor of the legislation pending in Congress. The poll also shows 76 percent oppose disposing of depleted uranium at a site in Utah’s west desert. Depleted uranium is different from other waste disposed there because it becomes more radioactive over time, for up to 1 million years. The Tribune poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. from Jan. 18-20 and had a margin of error of 4 percent.

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