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State water board postpones uranium hearings due to storm

RAPID CITY (AP) — The western South Dakota snowstorm has prompted a state panel to postpone a hearing over a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills.

The state Water Management Board planned to meet this week in Rapid City to discuss Powertech Uranium Corp.'s permit application but opted to delay it so everyone who wants to take part can make it.

The Rapid City Journal reports about two dozen mining opponents and some supporters did show up Monday morning for the hearing.

The board will now use the second week scheduled for hearings as the first. That means the water permit hearings will now begin in Rapid City on Oct. 28. The board scheduled a new second week of hearings for Dec. 9 in Rapid City.