Residents of Tooele County, UT, are up in arms over a plan
that would send massive trucks with radioactive payloads through their area.
On Wednesday, May 18, Utah Assistant Attorney General Denise
Chancellor announced a plan to build the Private Fuel Storage facility, a warehouse
for spent nuclear fuel, in the Skull Valley Indian Reservation. The facility
would be supplied by an intermodal facility 26 miles to the north, via State
Chancellor made the announcement to the state legislature’s
Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee. The plan would have to be
approved by the legislature, because it would require the use of trucks that
far exceed the road’s current weight limits.
The specially built vehicles would be 150 to 180 feet long,
12 feet wide, weigh approximately 225 tons and have hundreds of tires,
according to the Deseret Morning News newspaper. In her meeting with the
legislature, Chancellor said the trucks would make more than 300 trips per
year, making it one of the largest nuclear waste storage facilities in the
The idea has been hotly debated by people living near the
potential route. According to the Morning News, planning officials have
received more than 4,000 comments from people concerned about environmental
disasters, as well as the impact of such large trucks on such a small road.
Almost 700,000 residents live within five miles of the
trucks’ route, the Morning News reported.