Lilias Jarding

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.

Victoria Wicks

Saturday's March for Science in Rapid City was part of an international Earth Day movement.

Scientists typically don't get involved in politics, but according to national news feeds, they're feeling threatened by proposed federal budget cuts to the EPA, NASA, and other science-based programs.

Some Rapid City signs referred to politics: "Science Trumps Opinion," "Science Is Not an Alternative Fact," "Save the EPA."

Victoria Wicks

Two speakers at a Rapid City conference on Friday say sustainability is a concept born of necessity. As the planet's population grows, its resources are strained, and new practices have to be developed to keep the Earth and its inhabitants healthy. These local professors say intellectual diversity is the key to working out solutions. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports on this conference sponsored by the Rapid City Sustainability Committee, a 10-member citizen group appointed by the city to explore environmental sustainability.

Uranium Mining Debate

Nov 18, 2013

The State Water Management Board is considering a proposal by a uranium mining company to use water from a set of Black Hills aquifers. The state Board of Minerals and Environment has postponed its hearings on a contested uranium mine in the Southern Black Hills. Officials with the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources say the board will not rule on the application by Powertech Mining until other state and federal agencies have given approval. For Powertech to begin mining both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S.