Five-State Nuclear Waste Compact Weighs Own Future

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A low-level radioactive waste compact is weighing its own future.

The compact was formed to build a waste site for Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Nebraska. But Nebraska denied a license for the facility and no dump was built.

A judge found that then-Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson engaged in
a politically motivated fight to keep the dump from being built in the state. Nebraska has lost its membership in the compact, and it has agreed to pay the compact $141 million to settle the lawsuit.

The compact met in Omaha Wednesday, and members said they must find another site or disband altogether. The compact also has to decide
what to do with the settlement money.

A public meeting will be held in Arkansas next month to discuss the compact's future.