A federal court has ruled that an agribusiness company that mined phosphate for fertilizer must pay $1.5 million in permit fees annually to eastern Idaho tribes to store millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal lands.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill in a 33-page order on Thursday granted a request by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to enforce a tribal court decision imposing the permit fees on FMC Corporation.
Winmill ruled that FMC previously consented to tribal jurisdiction and agreed to the $1.5 million in fees before challenging them in tribal court and declining to pay them starting in 2002 after closing the fertilizer plant.
FMC in a statement Friday to The Associated Press says it will appeal the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.