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Dear Editor:

At this moment a Canadian corporation, Powertech, is pursuing permits to take vast amounts of water from our major aquifers in the Southern Black Hills.  These aquifers are already under tremendous stress from drought and demands of community and private wells. It takes years before rainfall can replenish it.  Powertech wants to use the water to mine uranium contaminating it with toxic waste and cycling it back into the aquifer.  This waste includes unrecoverable uranium and heavy metals such as selenium and arsenic.  This would permanently pollute these aquifers as there is no way to completely clean out these water basins.  This means that some of the last pure fresh water aquifers in the Southern Black Hills will be unfit for human consumption.  We cannot afford to lose these water reserves.  It could cripple any further growth of our economy here if we don't have enough potable water.  Contact your representatives and tell them to stop these mining and water proposals.  Attend the Water Permit hearings at the Ramkota in Rapid City on Oct. 7 and the Large Scale Mining Permit hearings on Sept. 23-27.

Kim C. Kraft

Hot Springs

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