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Western Shoshones lose bid to halt Yucca Mountain

MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site.
Leaders of the Western Shoshone Nation say they won't give up their fight against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

The Western Shoshone National Council says the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley doesn't allow nuclear waste on tribal lands. They filed a lawsuit seeking to stop development of the dumb.

But a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Shoshones, citing the federal government's sovereign immunity. The judge also said the case is premature because the dump still hasn't been completed.

The Shoshones plan to ask the judge to reconsider the ruling. They plan to appeal if he doesn't.

Get the Story:
Tribe's challenge dismissed (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 11/10)
Shoshone Tribe Will Try Again to Stop Yucca Waste Dump (AP 11/9)
House OKs $30.5B for Energy, Water Budget (AP 11/9)

Relevant Links:
Western Shoshone Defense Project -
The Yucca Mountain Project, Department of Energy -
Nuclear Waste Project Office -

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