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SPOKANE, Wash. — A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Spokane to prevent garbage from being shipped from Hawaii to a landfill in the Eastern Washington town of Roosevelt.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the Yakama Nation and several environmental groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which approved plans for shipments of plastic-wrapped bales of waste.

The lawsuit seeks to prevent the garbage from coming to the Roosevelt landfill and to require a full environmental review. The Department of Agriculture had found the project did not pose a significant risk to the environment.

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