Nebraska Pays $146 Million to Settle Waste Compact Suit

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The 18-year fight over locating a low-level nuclear waste dump in Nebraska ends Monday with a phone call.

The state is making a payment of nearly $146 million to settle a lawsuit with the compact created to find a place to store the low-level waste.

The compact now includes Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. It won a federal court ruling against Nebraska after the state refused to license a waste facility near the Nebraska-South Dakota line.

The legal wrangling came to an end in 2002, when a federal judge ruled that former Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson, now a U.S. senator, waged a politically motivated plot to keep the dump from being built in Nebraska. The state left the compact in July 2004.