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Thursday, July 17, 1997

Dear Editor:

In the Sunday, July 6, 1997 Salt Lake Tribune Leon D. Bear of the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes stated concerning the proposed spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Skull Valley, Utah:   Despite our five years of intensive study on this issue, no one has been able to present one shred of scientific evidence that this facility would not be safe." Bear suggested that (Congressman) "Cook take time to learn the facts of the project in question and stop issuing slanderous, false statements." Perhaps it's time that Mr. Bear learn the facts about the dangers of spent fuel storage and transportation to the people of Utah. The following information is provided by the respected Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Radioactive Waste Project, 1424 16th Street NW, #601, Washington, DC 20036:

Over 70 Native American tribes across the United States have declared their reservations "Nuclear Free Zones" and 17 tribes have rejected spent fuel dumps outright. Darelynn Lehto, the vice president of the Prairie Island Mdewankanton, testified before the Minnesota State Senate stating, "It is the worst kind of environmental racism to force our tribe to live with the dangers of nuclear waste simply because no one else is willing to do so." This same tribe rejected an offer from Northern States Power similar to the Goshute proposal and declared their tribal lands a "Nuclear Free Zone."

We wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Bear that the Skull Valley Goshutes have a right to business opportunities -- but not at the expense of the rest of us!

c/o Winston Weeks
239 E. So. Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah   84111
(801) 521-6128

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