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LETTER: Keep uranium mining out of South Dakota

To the Editor:

Powertech’s uranium mining plan includes a Central Processing Plant which, in addition to processing its own uranium, will entice other uranium companies to begin ISR (In Situ Recovery) mining in the Black Hills, utilizing Powertech’s CPP. (Nine mining companies have already shown an interest in mining uranium here.)

Powertech is now dominated by Chinese ownership with a Hong Kong headquarters. Allowing a foreign company to profit from such vast use of our land, and excessive use of our aquifer water, and to encourage others to do the same, would be a national defeat and a robbery of immensely precious resources, now and for all ages.

With such cumulative impacts, at what point will South Dakotans put a stop to the abuse of the Black Hills region as a national sacrifice area?

Will our legislators protect us — our health and our agricultural and tourism economies — from this dangerous and polluting industry by enacting state laws with teeth? Will South Dakota pressure the EPA and NRC to shun influence by the monies they receive from the industries they regulate, and look skeptically upon the unsubstantiated assurances of mining corporations? Speak up, South Dakotans. Ask legislators to keep our water safe and secure. Uranium mining will come up during this legislative session. Contact your legislators.