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Liquid uranium to be trucked through WNC

Efforts to stop shipments of highly radioactive liquid uranium through Western North Carolina have failed.

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The Department of Energy wants to transport the material from Canada to a storage facility in Aiken, South Carolina. The approved route will bring trucks either through Asheville or Charlotte.

A group of environmentalists sued, saying the government did not perform an environmental impact statement on the potential dangers.

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But Thursday, a federal judge ruled against them saying liquid uranium is no more dangerous than hauling it in solid form.

The Department of Energy has up to 150 shipments scheduled to begin as early as Feb. 17.

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