Salt Lake City nuclear waste company EnergySolutions announced Monday that it will be acquired by private equity firm Energy Capital Partners. But numerous parties are questioning the deal, including HEAL Utah. The environmental organization's Policy Director Matt Pacenza told KUER that he is wary about a private equity firm managing nuclear waste.
Millions of people across the West depend on the Colorado River for drinking water and irrigation, and that's what's made cleaning up the site of an old uranium mill in southern Utah a high-priority project. Many other countries have the same concern. Their representatives got a close-up look last week at how the United States is handling that project.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Dan Shrum, a senior vice-president of EnergySolutions, to the state's new Radiation Control Board. EnergySolutions runs a mile-square landfill in Tooele County for low-level radioactive waste. The law authorizing the board requires an industry representative to be on it. Company spokesperson Mark Walker says Shrum is the right guy.
"He's a very fair and balanced man, has been involved in environmental issues his entire career, not only in Utah but around the country" Walker tells KUER. "And there's absolutely no conflict of interest."