EPA cites tribe for bad water
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JUNE 18, 2001

The Environmental Protection Agency has cited the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah for water quality violations, problems chairman Leon Bear has ignored repeatedly.

Bear admits he is fighting with the EPA about water quality. He has let three deadlines pass, facing fines of $15,000 to $27,500 daily, while the EPA says the amount of coliform and E. coli bacteria might be threatening reservation residents.

A fourth deadline has been extended to let the Indian Health Service make changes to the tribe's system. The EPA has been providing bottled water to residents.

About 25 people live on the 18,000-acre reservation, of which 15 are tribal members.

The tribe has signed a lease to store up to 40,000 acres of nuclear waste on the reservation.

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Relevant Links:
Utah Office of High Level Nuclear Waste Opposition -
Private Fuel Storage Facility Application, Nuclear Regulatory Commission -
Private Fuel Storage -
The Skull Valley Goshutes -

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