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Is uranium mining industry profitable?

One question surrounding the Powertech Uranium Mining issue is whether the uranium business is now profitable with yellowcake selling at about $40 per pound (down from $137 per pound some years ago).

In a May 22 interview, V.B. Price questions Paul Robinson, a New Mexico uranium expert, about the uranium business, its profitability (or lack thereof) and the legacy of Superfund quality uranium-contaminated sites, which are abandoned and have to be cleaned up by taxpayers.

The Dewey Burdock Powertech site of 10,500 acres already should be a Superfund clean-up site due to four huge mile-across open pit mines full of radioactive water and another 70 smaller mines also containing contaminated water, plus thousands of bore holes that act as conduits for surface water to move into aquifers. Powertech has been careful in all its applications for permits to state it is not responsible for any existing contamination or clean up requirements. Mining on top of an already heavily contaminated site that drains into the Cheyenne River is very dangerous to the environment.

To view this important interview on the Internet, access http://newmexicomercury.com/blog/comments/insight new mexico paul robinson.

Susan R. Henderson, Edgemont

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Public needs to know security concerns

Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender’s view that the public doesn’t need to know what prompted the security changes at the Rapid City Public Library is rather unfortunate. His observation that “these things could have been changed without the public’s knowledge or input” expresses the pervasive arrogance that all too many public servants seem to share: That it’s none of the public’s business what public officials are doing in public venues. (One may substitute “taxpayer” or “tax-paid” for “public” if that would make things clearer.)

It’s as if I, feeling poorly, were to go to a physician who would tell me I had a medical condition and he would treat it, but he would not tell me specifically that ailed me because I didn’t need to know.

Jack Getz, Rochford

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