Nuclear plant near tribe seeks renewal

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A nuclear power company in Minnesota whose plant is located next to the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe is questioning limits on on-site waste storage.

Under a state law passed in 1994, Xcel Energy promised to store up to 17 casks at the Prairie Island site. But it contends the limit will force the shutdown of the plant a second one not located near the reservation.

The tribe opposes the storage of waste at the site and supports a national repository. One proposal is located at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, which is opposed by Western Shoshone tribes, the state and environmentalists. The other is on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in Utah, which is opposed by the state of Utah.

Neither repository is scheduled to open for several more years.

Get the Story:
Xcel presses Legislature over nuclear power (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 12/3)
Prairie Island Community Responds to Xcel Energy's Plans to Seek More Nuclear Waste Storage (Prairie Island Community 12/3)
Nevada States Case Against Waste Dump in Mountain (The New York Times 12/3)
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