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Let Canadians pollute own country

Judy Pasternak in her book, “Yellow Dirt,” shows how uranium mining on the Navajo Reservation has poisoned the land and killed many people from this practice. Despite warnings from the people, physicians and scientists, the long-term exposure is harmful and could be fatal.

If uranium is mined here, the “yellow dirt” would contaminate our drinking water, housing, fields and even our garbage dumps.

Many people on the Navajo Reservation still today are dying from various forms of cancer. Is this what we want for our country?

Why not send the Canadians back to their own country to mine uranium and to pollute their own country?

Len Winter, Rapid City

We need domestic sources of uranium

Our country should not be turning away from mining and industry. It is hurting all of us as we lose jobs, our economy weakens and we become more dependent on foreign sources for everything.

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Uranium mining is highly regulated -- even the modern, low-impact in situ recovery method. Southwest South Dakota has ideal conditions, and the country needs more domestic sources of uranium.

I hope the citizen boards that make the final decisions will listen to the facts and do the right thing by approving Powertech's applications to extract uranium in South Dakota.

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Don Andersen, Burdock

Nebraska uranium mine nonpolluting

To those who think a uranium project in our area would be harmful to people's health or the environment, take a look at the Crow Butte Operation near Crawford, Neb. It's a little over an hour away from the Southern Black Hills and has been operating safely for over 20 years. Most people don't even know it's there.

The Canadian company that operates the Crow Butte project has been a great community supporter while providing good jobs and tax revenue to the state and local governments. While they are required to make official reports on any sort of incident that would be considered normal operational issues (liquid spills, pipes leaks, etc.) in other industrial operations, the project has never been cited for affecting anyone's water supply.

I join my friends and neighbors in Fall River County in expressing desire for Powertech to get started soon.

Larry Barndt, Edgemont

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