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Prairie Island Indian Community raises nuclear waste concerns





The Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to address nuclear waste issues at a plant next to the reservation.

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Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant sits just 600 yards from the reservation. It has been storing radioactive nuclear waste on site on a "temporary" basis for decades.

This fuel was supposed to have been removed in the 1990s. We translate that to mean it's probably more of a permanent storage facility," Secretary Ron Johnson told The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

As part of the re-licensing process for the plant, the tribe wants the NRC to address nuclear storage concerns. The license expires in October 2013.

Get the Story:
Prairie Island tribe seeks action on nuclear waste (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 9/3)

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