Nebraska Appeals Nuke Dump Ruling

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Nebraska asked the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to overturn the $151 million judgment it has been ordered to pay for blocking efforts to build a nuclear dump within its borders.

Attorney General Jon Bruning made the announcement at a joint press conference with Gov. Mike Johanns.

The dump was to take waste from the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact. The compact consists of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Nebraska does not have the money to pay the judgment because of an ongoing budget crunch.

Nebraska has asked Texas to take the compact's waste at a dump planned in that state.

Texas officials are still weighing the offer.