Advertise:   712.224.5420

Tribes to mediate dispute over nuclear waste cleanup

Two tribes, two states and the federal government will be mediating a dispute over cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.

The Yakama Nation of Washington filed a lawsuit against the Department of Energy seeking restoration of natural resources along the Columbia River. The nuclear reservation sits along the river and has polluted waters, causing depletion of salmon run, the tribe says.

A court has ordered mediation between the tribe and DOE. Talks will now include the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and the states of Washington and Oregon.

Hanford was part of Yakama Nation territory until it was ceded by a late 1800s treaty. Several tribes in the Pacific Northwest used the site for gathering and other purposes.

Up until the 1930s, when the site was converted to the nuclear reservation, the Wanapum Band, which is not federally recognized, lived on the land.

Get the Story:
States, Nez Perce seek to join Hanford mediation talks (AP 5/13)

Relevant Links:
Indian Nations Program, Hanford Site -
Cultural and Historic Resource Program, Hanford Site -

Related Stories:
Yakama Nation to sue over failed waste cleanup (06/06)
DOE agrees to halt nuclear waste shipments (03/06)
Wash. sues to stop nuclear waste shipments (3/5)
Wash. public hearing set on toxic waste (08/06)
Editorial: Tribes should win on waste suit (7/23)
Judge to rule on tribal waste suit (7/23)
Nuclear cleanup fund proposal doubted (7/12)
More nuclear cleanup funds promised (3/7)
Editorial: Don't cut cleanup funds (2/7)
Nuclear cleanup funds criticized (2/5)
Radiation exposure believed underestimated (1/25)
Editorial: Good riddance to reactor (12/21)
DOE urged against restarting reactor (10/10)
Nuclear reactor may be restarted (10/3)
Groups want to shut down Gorton project (9/28)
Nuclear cleanup funds requested by Bush (6/4)
DOE Budget: Uranium cleanup funds cut (4/24)
DOE budget: Pueblo cleanup, Indian funds cut (4/13)
Reversal of nuclear decision sought (1/19)
Nuclear test reactor will be closed (1/18)
Tribe seeks better nuclear cleanup (12/15)
Nuclear reactor won't be restarted (11/22)
DOE says nuclear cleanup ahead (11/16)
Richardson, Babbitt pledge support (11/14)
More waste cited at nuclear site (11/3)
Report: DOE wasting cleanup money (11/2)
DOE revises tribal policies (11/1)