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August 11, 2014
SD uranium mine opponents want more info released
RAPID CITY (AP) — Opponents of a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota want more information released to ensure local aquifers are protected. The Clean Water Alliance said a detailed geological survey could show threats to local aquifers if the project is approved. "The...
August 11, 2014 - 12:10am
May 13, 2014
Judges hear arguments on temporary Powertech stay
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A company proposing a uranium mine near Edgemont needs better studies to ensure that its operations won't hurt cultural and historic sites in the Black Hills, an attorney representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe said Tuesday. Three administrative judges of the...
May 13, 2014 - 10:57pm
February 28, 2014
Operator of proposed SD uranium mine to merge with Hong Kong firm
SPEARFISH (AP) — The company that would operate a proposed uranium mine in southwest South Dakota has agreed to merge with a Hong Kong-based firm. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Powertech Uranium Corp. plans to merge with Azarga Resources Limited. The newspaper reports...
February 28, 2014 - 8:15pm
February 14, 2014
Mining project wins legislative fight
PIERRE — The Powertech uranium mining project should not face additional requirements for underground water protection, a legislative panel decided Thursday. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 10-2 to reject a measure sought by Dakota Rural Action and...
February 14, 2014 - 8:33am
February 12, 2014
Hearing begins on Powertech regs meant to protect groundwater
PIERRE — Public testimony opened Tuesday on legislation that would increase regulations for water protection at mining projects in South Dakota that use the in situ process. The measure, HB 1193, would prohibit in situ mining in areas that don’t have proper confi ning zones...
February 12, 2014 - 7:42am
January 18, 2014
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...
January 18, 2014 - 9:21pm
December 13, 2013
LETTER: Public deserves truth about Powertech
To the Editor: The article in the Rapid City Journal on Nov. 28 by Powertech CEO Clements and Dec. 3’s Casper, Wyo., Tribune spews unsubstantiated propaganda. Just 10 days earlier on NPR and also before the West Dakota Water Conservation group here in Rapid City, Powertech project...
December 13, 2013 - 10:12pm
November 7, 2013
Uranium mine hearing delayed for agencies’ OK
By Carson Walker Two federal agencies must approve a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills before a South Dakota board further considers...
November 7, 2013 - 6:47am
September 21, 2013
LETTER: Call governor about SB 158
South Dakotans take pride in defending “states’ rights.” I’ve read many articles in the Rapid City Journal, some written by state legislators, denigrating the federal government. So, why would people want to rely on the NRC and EPA to protect their health from uranium mining?...
September 21, 2013 - 7:42am
LETTER: Don't trust Powertech mining information
Citizens protesting the uranium mining care about their water and health. These citizens study the NRC, USGS, EPA documents and DENR applications. They seek only to protect their children and future generations. Most proponents are shareholders or land lease folk. Some of these...
September 21, 2013 - 7:31am
August 5, 2013
LETTER: SD must protect water from Powertech
To the Editor: Pennington County’s wastewater treatment systems ordinance requires septic and holding tanks be cleaned so Rapid City’s water source, the Madison Aquifer, stays clean and the water safe (“The women of waste,” Rapid City Journal, Sunday, July 21). ...
August 5, 2013 - 12:37pm
July 18, 2013
Uranium hearings scheduled
PIERRE -- The state board that will decide whether Powertech gets a state permit for mining uranium in southwestern South Dakota agreed Thursday the hearing should be held in two parts this fall, starting in September and resuming probably in November. The split approach would...
July 18, 2013 - 11:41pm
June 22, 2013
LETTER: Powertech threatens the Black Hills' water
To the Editor: The Canadian company, Powertech, Inc., plans to mine uranium in the Black Hills using the groundwater of our region as a tool (in situ leach mining). The risk of permanent contamination of our aquifers is significant. Rehabilitating groundwater would be time-consuming,...
June 22, 2013 - 5:53pm
June 3, 2013
MERCER: Powertech brings first big mining fight of century
PIERRE -- The next citizen I meet who doesn't have anything at stake in Powertech's uranium project, and says she or he can't wait for work to...
June 3, 2013 - 8:34am
April 18, 2013
Uranium mine permit process grinds forward
PIERRE -- The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has released its recommendation regarding a mining permit for Powertech's uranium project. The permit should be issued, DENR said in a notice filed this week. The decision whether that happens, however, is up to...
April 18, 2013 - 9:12pm