Nuclear waste heading for Utah


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – EnergySolutions, a Utah-based company that specializes in decommissioning nuclear plants, will soon begin work to decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Plant in Southern California.

That plant closed back in 2013.

By 2018, “Class A” waste will be headed to Utah’s West Desert, roughly 70 miles west of Salt Lake.

“Class A” waste includes: soil, building debris, metals, plastics, even paper from inside the nuclear plant.

Back in 2011, ABC 4 told you about EnergySolutions bringing four pieces of equipment from the same plant–to the same location in Utah. That load traveled Utah highways for roughly 15 to 20 miles, from Nevada through Wendover and into Tooele County. Signs and escorts helped drivers know when it was near.

Southern California Edison announced that EnergySolutions and AECOM had won the bid to decommission the plant as a joint venture.

“SCE will maintain strict oversight of the contractor and will continue to engage with the community and all stakeholders during decommissioning,” said Ron Nichols, SCE president, in a press release.

The project will cost about $4.4 billion to complete.

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