Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said earlier this week that the feds would research new ways to dispose of nuclear waste instead of incinerating the waste in southeastern Idaho. He formally accepted the recommendations of a panel that was appointed a year ago to study the matter after enviro groups, ski bums, Harrison Ford, and others in Jackson Hole, Wyo., raised a stink about the incineration plans in nearby Idaho. Berte Hirschfield, president of Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free, said the movement not to incinerate nuclear waste should be expanded beyond Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana: “If incineration does not belong here, it does not belong anywhere.”

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