Feds ordered by judge to revisit potential nuke storage plan in Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) August 2010

A judge has thrown out a decision by federal officials to reject a nuclear waste repository on an American Indian reservation in Utah’s west desert.

U.S. District Judge David M. Ebel of Denver ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to re-evaluate the decision.

Ebel put out a 36-page decision July 26 saying the government abused its discretion.

The Skull Valley band of Goshute Indians and a group of nuclear-powered utilities sued three years ago, claiming the Interior Department killed the project under pressure from Utah’s leading politicians.
The Interior Department had rejected plans for a transfer station on federal lands to offload spent nuclear fuel rods as well as a lease for the repository. Ebel ordered a new decision on both counts.