The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from indigenous people of the Marshall Islands over whether they can sue the federal government again for blowing up and irradiating their land doing nuclear tests in the 1940s-50s.
The high court turned away the appeal Monday from the people of Bikini Atoll and Enewetak Atoll, both parts of the Marshall Islands.
Between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, then a U.S. protectorate under the United Nations. The megatonnage was equal to exploding 1.6 Hiroshima atomic bombs a day for 12 years.
The federal government agreed to pay the people of Enewetak $385 million and the people of Bikini $563 million for the loss of their land. Only a token amount has been paid so far.