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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The federal government has decided against fighting a court ruling that reopened a proposal to store nuclear waste on an American Indian reservation in Utah's west desert.
The Interior Department's decision to let a deadline for an appeal expire without filing one has angered Utah leaders who don't want a repository for spent fuel rods to sit 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is asking the government to take another look at the project -- and reject it again.
U.S. District Judge David M. Ebel of Denver ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to justify a decision in 2007 that killed a lease on Indian lands for the project. Ebel said the government's decision was arbitrary.
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