The federal government will not fight a court order that reopened a proposal to store nuclear waste on an American Indian reservation in Utah.
The Interior Department decision has angered Utah leaders who don’t want a repository for spent fuel rods to sit 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is asking the government to take another look at the project and reject it again.
U.S. District Judge David M. Ebel of Denver ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to justify its decision in 2007 to kill the lease on Indian lands for the project because the government’s decision was arbitrary.