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Opinion - Melody Inchumuk

Opinion - Melody Inchumuk

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To the Editor:

This is one of the greatest opportunities to leave “footprints in the sands of time” – footprints of good vibrations that those who come after us will feel. Many things have been done in the past to devastate our sacred Earth home and the foreign corporation Powertech Uranium is intending to continue the devastation by mining uranium in the Edgemont area.

They have applied for a permit to extract 551 gallons of water per minute from the Madison aquifer and they have also applied for a permit to extract 8,500 gallons per minute from the Inyan Kara formation. The project could last for 20 years.

After the water is used for mining, the water that is left in the aquifer would be treated either by pumping it underground where it would not be available for our community use, or, it could be sprayed on the ground, which creates a buildup of toxic materials at other sites.

The federal government wants South Dakotans to pay for the water from the Missouri River. If the Powertech proposal goes through, we will lose access to critical ground water reserves.

Speak up and oppose this proposal. Call Governor Daugaard and our Congressmen.

Melody Inchumuk

Hot Spring

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