Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld has submitted a bill to the state's House Ways and Means Committee that calls for up to $45 million of tax-exempt bonding to finance the study of radioactive waste treatment.

Approval of the legislation would mark the first time the commonwealth has sold bonds for examining the treatment of low-level radioactive waste, according to Benjamin McKelway, public participation coordinator for the Massachusetts Low Level Radioactive Waste Management Board. The nine-member board is appointed by the governor.

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