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"We support the audit recommendations," the company added, "and will comply with any additional DRC rules implemented as a result of this process."

Reaction to the reports were swift.

At a glance

EnergySolutions a generous campaign contributor

The Salt Lake City based corporation has donated more than $600,000 to politicians, parties and PACs in the last five years.

So far this year (through the end of August) the company has handed out $89,250 in campaign checks.

Among the biggest beneficiaries this year:

» $25,000 to the Utah Republican Party

» $17,000 to the Utah Democratic Party

» $11,500 to political action committees controlled by House Speaker and Audit Subcommittee co-chairwoman Becky Lockhart)

» and another $5,000 to the political action committee of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Source: Utah Elections Office, campaign disclosures

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Utah Rep. Jim Matheson said he has been concerned for years about the state’s oversight system and numerous attempts to allow more hazardous waste.

"I’m gratified to see that independent auditors have now concluded that additional quality controls are needed to verify that banned levels of radioactive waste are not coming in to Utah."

Members of the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah attended Tuesday’s hearing. Executive Director Christopher Thomas said that, "there is no accountability" for EnergySolutions.

"The system is broken," he said, "and it’s the Utah public paying the price."


Twitter: @judyfutah

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