October 29, 2008

Prairie Island Indian Community Voices Concerns Regarding Nuclear Plant Re-Licensing

RED WING, Minn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Prairie Island Tribal Council and Prairie Island Indian Community appreciate the opportunity to present our concerns in response to Xcel Energy's application to re-license the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant during today's Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing in Hastings, Minn. We know this is a step in the larger process and we look forward to working with the NRC and Xcel Energy to come to a solution that addresses our Community's many concerns, including the safety and health of our members and the preservation of our culture and historical resources.

We remain opposed to the re-licensing of the nuclear plant that sits in our backyard and we will continue to participate at every possible venue to ensure our voice is heard. The entire history of the plant demonstrates a complete disregard of our Community and the rights and interests of our members, and we are committed to finding resolution to our concerns.

Prairie Island Indian Community

CONTACT: Sara Keis, +1-952-346-6236, [email protected],for Prairie Island Indian Community