The Prairie Island Indian Community, from the Red Wing area, has asked President Barack Obama to "deliver on the federal government’s decades-old mandate" and set up a permanent nuclear waste disposal facility.
The tribe made the plea after Congress approved an appropriations bill cutting funding for the proposed nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain, Nev. Until there is a permanent facility, waste is being stored near reactors, including a plant 600 yards from the Prairie Island Community. Twenty-five steel casks hold spent nuclear fuel near the Xcel Energy plant.
“The Prairie Island Indian Community continues to pay the price for the federal government’s failure to follow the law and fulfill its promise to find a permanent solution for the nation’s nuclear waste." Prairie Island Tribal Council President Ron Johnson said.