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(SD)-NRC Sets Aug Hearing In Rapid City On Powertech Uranium Mine

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/13/2019 09:34 PM
EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) - The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is holding a hearing on the proposed Dewey Burdock uranium mine north Edgemont this August in Rapid City.

      Powertech Uranium, now a subsidiary of Azarga Uranium, wants to build an in-situ uranium mine on a small portion of the thousands of acres of land it has under lease, a project opposed by environmentalists and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

      Plans to drill have stalled for years in part over the tribe's concerns that the area could potentially hold Native American burial sites, artifacts and other cultural resources.

     The NRC granted a license to Powertech in 2014 without resolving the cultural resources survey. The tribe then filed a petition in federal court seeking a review of the commission's action.

        The federal appeals court eventually ruled the NRC had violated the National Environmental Policy Act over the survey, but left the permit in place and sent the case back to the commission.

     The NRC reasoned that since other local, state, and federal permits were needed, no mining could be done for the time being and the tribe would suffer no harm by leaving the permit in place while they continue try to reach a settlement on a contractor and methodology for a cultural resources survey.

    The August 28-30 hearing at the Hotel Alex Johnson is intended to resolve the survey issue.


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