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Rapid City uranium resolution will be accepted

RAPID CITY (AP) — A resolution from the Rapid City Council expressing concern about a proposed uranium mine will be included in the public record.

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The state earlier rejected the resolution because it was filed after the deadline.

But KOTA-TV reports that the State Board of Minerals and Environment reversed its previous decision and will accept it. City Attorney Joel Landeen told the council Tuesday at a special board meeting.

Public hearings are being held this week in Rapid City on Powertech Uranium Corp.'s plans for a large-scale mine near Edgemont in the southern Black Hills.

Rapid City officials submitted a petition to intervene in Powetech's permit application. They included a resolution detailing the council's belief that the proposed mine poses a risk to the city's drinking water.