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LETTER: Lowe, Hubbel oppose uranium mining in western SD

To the Editor:

Gubernatorial candidate Joe Lowe spoke at a meet and greet in Hot Springs at the Blue Bison cafe. The cafe was packed with local citizens concerned about many issues. At the top of the list was Powertech/Azarga's proposed ISL uranium mine.

Citizens expressed concern about the quantity of water such a mine would use. In one year, the amount of water would be equal to what Rapid City uses. This would go on for 20 years. In addition, the U.S. Geology Survey has determined that no ISL uranium mine has ever been able to return the water quality to baseline, meaning contamination is the result. Joe Lowe firmly stated that he is against such mining in semi-arid western South Dakota. Although not present, gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel is also on record against ISL uranium mining in South Dakota at a meet and greet she attended in February.