The Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians Reservation in Utah had been sited as the new neighbors to a large temporary nuclear waste dump. Private Fuel Storage (PFS), a corporation that represents multiple other nuclear companies wants to store 40,000 tons of commercial high-level radioactive waste at this site in Skull Valley. This amount of radioactive waste is about 80% of the total commercial nuclear fuel used by the end of 2004.
The Goshute Indians have reservation land that is in the middle of industrial and hazardous waste sited land and they often do no reap any benefits from these facilities. Therefore, after plans under the Nuclear Waste Repository Act stopped a temporary site through the U.S government, the Goshutes agreed to a lease with Private Fuel Storage. However, the lease had not been approved by the government and has prevented this plan from going through. The lease was made in 1997, and now the Goshute people are attempting to stop this nuclear waste storage facility from happening. in 2006, a victory came through litigation that halted transportation of nuclear waste to the facility. However, as recently as 2012, there are talks happening on again looking for a long term yet temporary waste storage facility and Skull Valley would be again on the list of potential places due to the already existing 25 year lease that had been signed.
Mobilization began in 1997 in reaction to plans developed to build a radioactive storage facility on Goshute lands