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Council's uranium vote deserves praise
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Council's uranium vote deserves praise

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Council's uranium vote deserves praise

The Rapid City Council resolution expressing opposition to in-situ leach uranium mining in the Black Hills deserves a standing ovation from every Black Hills area resident that values and appreciates our natural resource heritage in South Dakota.

Contact those city council members (except Steve Laurenti) and express your gratitude and support for their courageous actions taken to protect our water resources. Don't stop there, however.

Powertech is just the tip of the iceberg. For much too long, our federal, state and local elected representatives have ignored natural resource conservation, stewardship and ecological sustainability in our state; supporting instead exploitation, privatization and even abuse to land, water and wildlife resources that have sustained our quality of life and culture in western South Dakota; arrogantly disregarding the principles of the Public Trust Doctrine.

If we had sincere, conservation-minded representation throughout state government, would it be necessary for concerned citizens to voice contemptuous objection to things like the Powertech proposal, declining wildlife, pine beetle epidemics, Spring Creek pollution and other natural resource management faux pas?

Next election, vote in opposition to those elected representatives from Districts 30, 32, 33 and 34 who ignore environmental conservation starting with Rampelberg, Verchio, Russell and Craig

— John Wrede, Rapid City

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