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(Wyo)-NRC: No Fine For Cameco Over Spilled Sludge

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/06/2017 06:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -  The Canadian-base parent company of the Crow Butte uranium mine near Crawford will not be fined for spilling radioactive sludge from Wyoming outside a Utah disposal facility.

      Cameco Resources had faced a $35,000 fine for two leaks, one in 2015 and one last year, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which regulates the U.S. nuclear industry, says there won't be a fine...in part because of the company's efforts to prevent more leaks.
       Cameco spokesman Gord Struthers says company officials are pleased they were able to resolve the problem to the agency's satisfaction. Cameco changed shipping containers and procedures as part of its efforts to prevent future leaks.
      In both incidents, low-level radioactive waste leaked from trucks from traveling from a Cameco uranium processing facility in Wyoming to a Utah disposal facility.  Workers noticed the leaks after the trucks arrived at the facility, but testing found no elevated radiation levels anywhere along the shipment route through Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.


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