PRAIRIE ISLAND, Minn., April 18, 2018 – Legislation introduced today would help the Prairie Island Indian Community become a net-zero energy community, one of the first tribes in the United States to achieve that status and one of only a handful of Minnesota communities aiming to offset all of its energy use by becoming a net zero producer of emissions from energy generation.
Minnesota Public Radio, June 8, 2016: Tom Weber talks with Prairie Island Tribal Council President Shelley Buck and Vice President Lucy “Lu” Taylor about why they bought the land, and what it’s like to live so close to the Prairie Island nuclear plant. Full article and audio here.
Red Wing Republican Eagle, June 8, 2016: The Prairie Island Indian Community was disappointed yet again in their quest to rid the island of spent nuclear fuel as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday upheld a 2014 ruling allowing the continual onsite storage of the radioactive material. Read full…
WELCH, Minn., June 8, 2016 – Prairie Island Indian Community has submitted an application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to have a 112-acre parcel of land in West Lakeland Township placed into federal trust. The Minnesota Statute 216B.1645, which allowed for the increased storage of nuclear waste at the Prairie Island Nuclear Power…
Rochester Post-Bulletin, Oct. 28, 2014: The Prairie Island Indian Community has joined three states in filing a legal challenge of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent ruling regarding onsite storage of nuclear waste. Read full article
MPR News, Jan. 8, 2013: Decades after President Ronald Reagan signed the act into law, nuclear waste is still being stored in temporary facilities across the country — including at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant. Read full article
Star Tribune, Sept. 3, 2012: Prairie Island Indian Community is petitioning the federal government for a deeper look at the risks of on-site storage because outdoor casks holding spent fuel rods likely will remain in place for decades longer than ever intended. Read full article