(OAK RIDGE, Tenn.) -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved licenses for the incineration of German radioactive waste in Tennessee.
The agency approved the disposal of nearly 1,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste despite protests from environmental groups.
EnergySolutions, the Utah-based company that will incinerate the waste in Oak Ridge, Tenn., says the process is safe.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the Czech government refused to take the incinerated ash, as did the state of Utah, meaning it will have to be returned to Germany.
Tennessee is the only state that allows the incineration of radioactive waste, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It processes 75 percent of the country’s radioactive waste.
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