SD Uranium Mine Opponents Unhappy With Rulings
by Associated Press
September 18, 2013 8:15 AM
Groups concerned about the impact of proposed uranium mining in western South Dakota's Black Hills are unhappy with rulings in advance of state public hearings next week.
The Board of Minerals and Environment and the Water Management Board have rejected a motion to delay the state permit hearings until after federal agencies decide whether to approve Powertech Uranium Corp.'s plans.
Board officials also have decided to limit public testimony to two hours, and they have refused to place on the official record a resolution by the Rapid City Council expressing concern over the project.
Clean Water Action spokesman Bruce Ellison says he's disappointed, and Rapid City leaders say they plan to appeal.
Mark Hollenbeck with Powertech says the company looks forward to telling its side of the story.