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AZ legislators favor nuke waste storage site

Al Melvin

The Arizona Legislature is going on record as saying it wants the federal government to consider establishing a site in Arizona to store spent nuclear fuel.

The House on Tuesday approved a Senate-passed memorial that says placing a permanent storage site for spent nuclear fuel in Arizona would create thousands of jobs both during construction and afterward.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Al Melvin of Tucson has no binding effect. Passage means the memorial will be sent to congressional officials.

Democratic Rep. Tom Chabin of Flagstaff says the legislation is a waste of time and irresponsible. He says most Arizonans don’t want nuclear waste in their backyard.

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