A proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to recycle radioactive steel did not go over well with environmentalists and other concerned citizens in Minneapolis yesterday. The DOE is considering a plan to recycle slightly contaminated scrap metal from its research and weapons facilities. The recycled steel would then be used in consumer goods from snow shovels and automobiles to eyeglasses and tableware. The Minneapolis meeting was one of the last of 10 that the DOE is holding to hear public opinion on the plan. The comments will be considered during an environmental study for the proposal, to be completed next year.
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