If you’ve been reading the newspaper recently and seeing letters in favor of bringing in-situ leach uranium mining to the Black Hills, consider these facts:
The Crow Butte uranium mine in Nebraska has received 56 license violations (last time I counted) from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — the federal agency that licenses uranium mines. One violation involved a leak that wasn’t addressed for 2 years.
The nearest town to the mine, Crawford, has seen a 9.94% population decrease in recent years. That means that if Powertech Uranium’s proposed mine is built near Edgemont and Edgemont follows the same pattern, its population can be expected to drop from 774 to fewer than 700 people.
If you care about the possibility that radioactive mining could return to the Black Hills, attend the hearings on Powertech’s state permit applications. The first hearing starts at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Ramkota in Rapid City. On that day, anyone can get up and talk about the mine proposal.
I urge you to attend and let the state know what you think about a Canadian company doing this unsafe mining in the Black Hills.
— Lilias Jarding, Rapid City