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Michigan Senate bill would ban importation of radioactive waste

LANSING (WKZO) -- A bill will be introduced by state Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge to outlaw the dumping of radioactive waste from other states in Michigan.

The Republican and former Eaton County sheriff says he was "shocked" when he learned a landfill in the state was set to accept nearly 40-tons of low-level radioactive sludge from Pennsylvania. Senator Jones says his bill would strengthen Michigan law to be in line with other Great Lakes states including Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The landfill in question is in Wayne County and received approval from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 2006 to accept the material.