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Semi truck transporting radioactive material catches fire in Tooele

A semi truck is fully engulfed in flames on Interstate 80 in Tooele County. (Photo courtesy of Pat Antry)

UPDATE: (July 12, 12 p.m.) -- The semi-truck that caught fire on Interstate-80 was carrying slightly contaminated soil from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup site in Pennsylvania destined for the EnergySolutions Clive Disposal Facility.

The trucking company is not associated with EnergySolutions and is a third-party subcontractor to the EPA, a press release stated.

EnergySolutions stated in the release that technicians from the Clive facility assisted with the situation and say both waste containers were not been breached in the fire.

However, HEAL Utah - an environmental advocate and watchdog group - is concerned about future transportation of nuclear waste across the Wasatch Front with an upcoming decision of whether or not to allow EnergySolutions to bring 700,000 metric tons of depleted uranium to its Clive facility.

"Luckily, the radioactive material container held up in this instance, but there are many examples of truck and train accidents involving toxic substances that have spilled," said HEAL Utah's Executive Director Scott Williams, in a prepared statement. "Transporting radioactive waste, in any form, poses serious, irreversible health hazards should there be an accident. Utahns already have a long, painful history with radioactivity and bringing waste to Yucca Mountain or depleted uranium to be dumped in our state just adds one more chapter to this story of Utahns, who have never benefited from nuclear power, being asked to bear the burden of the nation's nuclear industry."

UPDATE -- The fire has been put out. The radioactive material inside of the truck was not affected by the fire.

The incident is not a threat to the public, according to Tooele County Emergency Management.

I-80 westbound will be opened soon.

(KUTV) - A semi truck is fully engulfed in flames on Interstate 80 in Tooele County on Thursday morning around 7:35 a.m.

Interstate-80 is closed near milepost 88 and 99.

Take state Route 138 as an alternate route.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

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