Powertech USA

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.