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It looks like the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho has won the battle against megaload shipments through the reservation and off-reservation treaty areas.

The tribe won an injunction that prevents Resources Conservation Company International, a subsidiary of General Electric, from sending trucks through the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, an area where the tribe retains hunting, gathering and other treaty-based rights. The company has decided not to appeal and will be looking for alternate routes.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service is about issue a draft environmental impact study to address future shipments through the forest area. The agency is required to consult the tribe as part of the lawsuit.

A megaload truck went through the reservation in August, carrying energy equipment to Canada.

Get the Story:
GE Will Find A New Route For Its Megaloads Or Scale Back The Over-Sized Shipments (Boise State Public Radio 10/28)
U.S. Forest Service megaload impact study draft ready for finalization soon (KLEW 10/28)

District Court Decision:
Nez Perce Tribe v. USFS (September 13, 2013)

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