Environmental regulators say no to government's cleanup proposal

The government's plans for cleaning up radioactive wastes at a location near Cincinnati have hit a snag. Federal environmental regulators have rejected the Energy Department's proposal to begin removing radioactive wastes from a concrete silo at the site of the former Fernald uranium-processing plant. The US Environmental Protection Agency's decision this week comes after the state of Nevada has threatened a lawsuit to block the government's plans to ship the Fernald wastes to Nevada for disposal. Energy Department officials want to remove the powdery waste beginning the week of June 14th from the concrete silo at Fernald. But the US EPA says it would violate the environmental cleanup agreement to temporarily remove the silo waste and store it for any length of time at Fernald.

The Energy Department says it will try to work out the problems with the federal and Ohio environmental regulators.