Plans for Nuclear Dump in Utah Likely Derailed

A controversial plan to store tons of nuclear waste on a Utah Indian reservation seems to have been defeated. For 10 years, the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians has fought for permits for a temporary repository for spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants.

The tribe's leaders saw the plan as a great economic opportunity. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission saw it as a solution to the problem of dealing with the waste that was ultimately destined for the highly-contested Yucca Mountain repository.

But the state of Utah, and some tribal members, fought the idea. Now, the federal government has rejected two key elements of the plan: a lease for the project on reservation land, and access to federal land for delivery of nuclear waste.

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