Wednesday, March 22, 2000

Congressional incinerator hearing delayed
By The Associated Press

A congressional hearing on a planned nuclear waste incinerator west of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has been delayed to enable Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and other U.S. Department of Energy officials to participate.

Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., announced Tuesday that the hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks was rescheduled from March 28 to April 6.

The hearing will focus on how the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory incinerator could affect Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

"I am opposed to the waste incinerator at INEEL and expect the Clinton administration to do everything in its power to find alternatives," said Thomas, the committee chairman. "I look forward to hearing from the DOE and other witnesses."

A group of Jackson residents has filed a $1 billion class action lawsuit, claiming radioactive and otherwise toxic particles from the incinerator could be blown into Wyoming.