by Daniel Moore
Press Staff Writer
Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the Federal District Court for the District of Idaho ruled last week that FMC needs to pay the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes over $20 million for storing waste on the reservation.
Paul Yochum, a spokesman with FMC, called the ruling disappointing and said the company would appeal the decision to the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals. However, a press release from the Shoshone Bannock Tribes said the decision was well-reasoned.
FMC owned a phosphate plant located in eastern Power County, within the borders of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. In 1998, the company agreed to pay the tribes $1.5 million a year for waste on the reservation.
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