Some worry Tennessee town may be world nuclear waste dump via Reuters

By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE, Tenn | Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:04pm EDT

(Reuters) – A new contract to process 1,000 tons of nuclear waste from Germany has environmental activists concerned that the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee could become a prime destination for the world’s nuclear trash.

The city in east Tennessee was founded by scientists who were developing the atomic bomb during World War II. It continues to be a center for the nuclear industry.

It has processed nuclear waste for decades, including some from Britain and Canada. But the large German contract, its first from continental Europe, marks a significant expansion and has raised eyebrows.

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