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Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., was deeply disappointed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) decision today to reject Utah's safety-related objections to a plan to store spent nuclear fuel on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation. At the same time, however Governor Huntsman remains committed to utilizing all means at his disposal to stop the so-called "PFS plan" from moving forward.


The State's efforts to oppose the PFS plan will be carried out on several fronts. For example, the NRC's licensing decisions will be challenged in the courts. The State is also attempting to persuade Congress to thwart the plan through federal legislation. In addition, the State hopes to persuade two other federal agencies-the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management-to kill the plan by withholding necessary regulatory approval.


"Although this is certainly a setback," Governor Huntsman said. "It does not mean that spent nuclear fuel will be shipped to Utah any time soon. This is a battle that will take several years to fight to completion, but it is also a battle that I intend to win."


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