Uranium Mining

EPA Extends Public Comment Period On Uranium Mining

May 26, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period for a uranium recovery operation in the Southern Black Hills, near Edgemont, by a month.
The comment period is for two underground injection control permits. One of the permits is for the process of in-situ uranium recovery, which uses enhanced ground water to extract uranium from a sandstone formation in the Inyan Kara aquifer. The other permit is for deep injection wells to store the waste water from the operation into the Minnelusa aquifer.

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.

Personalities: "Hell No, We Don't Glow!"

Jan 31, 2017
Edgemont, S.D. welcome sign
Edgemont Area Chamber of Commerce

In the southern shadow of the Black Hills sits a small town with a small population...and a big past.

Chuck Anderson was welcomed into Edgemont, S.D., a town of 900 people whose land produced unique and coveted resources.

Victoria Wicks

On Earth Day, members of environmental groups came together to call for cleanup of thousands of abandoned uranium mines in South Dakota and other locations, most of them in Western states. Charmaine White Face of Defenders of the Black Hills headed up this effort and chose the Cheyenne River as a meeting place. She says it’s one of several contaminated areas in the state. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks traveled to find the environmentalists about 20 miles east of Hermosa on Highway 40.

Uranium Mining Water Protection Bill Fails in Committee

Feb 13, 2014

A measure that sought to create water restoration processes for uranium mining projects failed in the House Ag committee Thursday morning. House Bill 1193 requires anyone applying for a mining permit to also demonstrate how the water used in the process would be returned back to baseline levels.

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.