I was grateful to see the Rapid City Council pass a resolution of concern about the Powertech mine.
I have lived in Rapid City since 2002, but I grew up along the Moreau River, three hours northeast. I was horrified to hear a few years ago that children and pregnant women were told to not eat fish over 7 inches long due to the mercury content.
The Moreau River starts in northwest South Dakota not far from the Cave Hills where if you hike today you will pass radiation warning signs from an old uranium mine site that was never reclaimed despite the smooth words of its proponents.
I think it's naive and beyond idiocy that the powers that be continue to pursue energy solutions that pollute or that we have to send our troops to kill for. Small-scale solar and wind energy, for example — we can all enjoy a good solar spill and the wind blows incessantly.
Thank you to the majority of Rapid City Council for having the courage and the reasoning ability to reject the cognitive dissonance that allows the polluting resource extraction industry to maintain its grip on our collective conscious. Bravo!