(SD)-EPA Hearing On Uranium Mine Sat In Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - The EPA is holding a public hearing in Hot Springs this Saturday on the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine north of Edgemont. The proposal from Anzarga Uranium, formerly Powertech, would use the same in-situ injection mining method as the Crow Butte mine near Crawford.
The EPA is reissuing two revised permits for the injection mining wells and a well that would inject treated waste fluids deep underground, and is also re-proposing approval of an aquifer exemption
The hearing will run from 9-till-noon and 2-till-6:00 at the Mueller Center while the public comment period on the EPA proposals runs until next Thursday, October 10th.
Azarga President and CEO Blake Steele said in August that this hearing is a "significant step" toward the issuance of the final EPA permits and moves the Dewey Burdock Project closer to development.
The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, held a hearing in Rapid City in August on a challenge to the mine from the Oglala Sioux Tribe based on the potential impact on places of Native American cultural, historical and religious significance.
If the licensing board sides with the NRC and Azarga, the last remaining hurdle for an NRC license would be resolved.
The project still needs state permits as well. The South Dakota Dept of Environment and Natural Resources staff has recommended approval, but hearings on the state permit have tabled unless and until the federal permits are issued.
Steele says the progress on all 3 sets of permits has Anzarga expecting to publish the results of an updated preliminary economic assessment of the Dewey Burdock project later this fall.
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