Clean Water Alliance

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

A uranium mining company, Powertech, has spent over a decade seeking permits to extract uranium from the Inyan Kara aquifer in the Southern Black Hills near Edgemont.

The Environmental Protection Agency just wrapped up several hearings in and around the Black Hills on permits for the project.

Officials with the company say 20 percent of electricity in the US is nuclear energy powered by imported uranium.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

EPA officials are taking public comment on two permit applications by Powertech USA, which hopes to mine uranium from the southern Black Hills.
 
The hearings are re-igniting an over decade long dispute over nuclear resource extraction in groundwater.
 
Powertech USA hopes the EPA will greenlight its permits to extract uranium from portions of the Inyan Kara aquifers located near Edgemont.