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Uranium mining topic of Custer meeting

Uranium mining topic of Custer meeting

Opponents of a proposed uranium mining operation in southwest South Dakota are attempting to rally support in Custer County, while an Atomic S…

January 10, 2015 5:30 am(2)

About the Project

Uranium is a radioactive rare earth metal that provides fuel for nuclear reactors. Once mined in southwestern South Dakota in the 1950s and 1960s, the open pit mines left scarred earth and an extensive cleanup of the Edgemont uranium mill. Now, with the proposed Dewey-Burdock project northwest of Edgemont, uranium mining is poised to make a comeback.

At stake is whether a Canadian-based company named Powertech Uranium Corp. will be able to use a new type of mining, known as “in situ,” that is cleaner than the old methods.

But the project’s opponents are concerned about whether the mining project would tarnish the region’s groundwater and pollute regional aquifers. As two federal agencies and members of two state Department of Environment and Natural Resources boards decide whether the project goes forward, one thing is clear: from state officials with connections to the company, to the easing and suspension of state mining regulations, a pattern favoring the Dewey-Burdock project has emerged.

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Joe O'Sullivan
Joe O'Sullivan is an investigative reporter and news feature writer.
Daniel Simmons-Ritchie
Daniel Simmons-Ritchie covers general news and Pennington County for the Rapid City Journal.
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