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Minnesota mentioned as possible alternative for high level nuclear waste storage

As the likelihood diminishes of establishing a nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, officials are looking for other options. Minnesota's deposits of granite put the state on the list of possibilities.
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As the likelihood diminishes of establishing a nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, officials are looking for other options. Minnesota's deposits of granite put the state on the list of possibilities.

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