Bill sets guidelines for nuclear waste disposal in N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Legislature is considering a measure that outlines how North Dakota would respond if the federal government were to designate parts of the state as dumping sites for nuclear waste.

Senators passed a bill with amendments Tuesday that explicitly prohibits nuclear waste dumping. But the bill sets the regulatory framework for disposal and storage of the radioactive waste if the state is forced to accept it by the federal government.

The measure also sets up a state commission to oversee the regulations. The House still must approve the measure.

The bill was inspired after the U.S. Department of Energy proposed to drill an exploratory borehole for nuclear waste near Rugby in 2016.

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