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Minn. tribal members accept nuclear waste deal

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2003

Members of the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe of Minnesota voted nearly 2 to 1 in favor of accepting a multi-million dollar deal with a nuclear utility that stores radioactive waste next to the reservation.

Xcel Energy will pay the tribe for every year the plant is in operation. The deal could bring up to $50 million, and possibly more.

The agreement has to be ratified by the Minnesota Legislature. The state Senate has approved the bill and it is moving to the House.

Get the Story:
Prairie Island votes in favor of more nuclear waste at Xcel plant (AP 5/14)
Prairie Island tribe accepts nuclear storage pact (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 5/15)

Relevant Links:
Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe - http://www.prairieisland.org
Xcel Energy - http://www.xcelenergy.com

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