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To the Editor:

Last week our legislators in Pierre had a wonderful opportunity to permanently safeguard the public water in the Black Hills and throughout the state of South Dakota.

HB 1193 was introduced and brought to the Agriculture and Resources Committee for their approval to send the bill on to the entire legislature for it's approval. This bill stated that any company expecting to mine uranium in South Dakota must be able to prove that it could and would decontaminate any water used in their mining process and return that water to a safe and clean state. This opportunity was squandered and the committee, in a vote of ten against and two in favor of sending the bill to the house floor, killed any future chance of forcing a mining company to clean up it's contamination.

How is it possible for our politicians to care so little about the health of their citizens, livestock and wildlife? How is it possible for them to bow to the requests of a mining company over the needs of the citizens?

With total indifference to the voices of thousands of citizens who are against this mining, this committee refused to even allow the other representatives in the house to have a voice.

Lynn E. Gray


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