US won’t fine company for spilling radioactive sludge – Colorado News

US won’t fine company for spilling radioactive sludge – Colorado News

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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant, right, stands adjacent to a dirt-covered rail tunnel, left, containing radioactive waste, amidst desert plants on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. Federal managers at Hanford say they don’t have enough money to speed the cleanup of radioactive waste, meaning more mishaps and accidents could occur at the sprawling site in rural Washington state because the millions of gallons of toxic sludge are stored in unsafe conditions. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The agency that regulates the U.S. nuclear industry will not fine a Canadian uranium mining company for twice spilling low-level radioactive sludge outside a Utah waste disposal facility, giving the company credit for efforts to prevent the problem from recurring.

Saskatoon, Canada-based Cameco faced a $35,000 fine from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Commission officials told Cameco they won’t seek a fine in part because the company plans in the future to store the barium sulfate sludge in bags within the trucks.

“However, significant violations in the future could result in a civil penalty,” NRC Deputy Regional Administrator Scott Morris wrote the company June 29.

Cameco is pleased to have resolved the problem to the NRC’s satisfaction, company spokesman Gord Struthers said Wednesday.

Shipments of barium sulfate sludge from the Smith Ranch in-situ uranium mine and processing facility in northeast Wyoming will resume after the NRC has signed off on Cameco’s corrective measures, Struthers added.

In a public conference before NRC officials in Arlington, Texas, in May, Cameco…

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