Give us your poor, tired, radioactive castoffs - as long as they're not too radioactive!Skip to next paragraph
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That's the message from Naturita, Colo., (Pop. 900). The once-prosperous uranium mining town has been grappling with high unemployment since the demand for uranium dropped. So it decided to attract new business - a $10 million low-level nuclear waste dump that would bring with it 100 new jobs. If the dump is built, 90 percent of the staff would be hired from the town. The firm operating the dump estimates that it would spend $3 million to $4 million a year locally.
Residents seem to back the project. But nearby communities are trying to block it.m