Fines for violating Utah's radiation regulations would double, under a proposal being considered by the Utah Radiation Control.
The new, higher fines were first suggested after a legislative audit last fall that found shortcomings in the state's oversight and enforcement program for mishandling radioactive waste. They also follow violations at the EnergySolutions low-level radioactive waste disposal site that resulted in fines in 2011.
In that case, the company buried 23 barrels of waste containing waste with higher concentrations of radiation than the state allows at its Tooele County landfill. EnergySolutions and the companies that shipped the waste faced total penalties of $97,875 for the violations. But the high-radiation barrels were never dug up because of the estimated $2 million cost and because it would take two years to do it.