Nuke Dump Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says he will confer with Gov. Mike Johanns on the state's next step.

That comes Wednesday after the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that the state owes $151 million over attempts to block construction of a low-level radioactive waste dump.

The appeals court upheld an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Lincoln. Kopf ruled former Gov. Ben Nelson engaged in a politically motivated and orchestrated plot to keep the regional dump from being built in Nebraska.

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

Bruning says Nebraska options include asking the entire Eighth Circuit to rehear the case. The lawsuit is expected by many to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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