Expect more whining at the Powertech/Azarga offices: the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has stayed the license the NRC issued Powertech to mine uranium in the southern Black Hills. In an order issued today, the three-judge panel ruled in favor of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and other intervenors. The ASLB says that until it has a chance to schedule a hearing, it wants "to prevent any immediate and irreparable harm to any cultural or historic resources caused by earthwork or ground disturbance within the Dewey-Burdock sites."

A friend in the loop tells me that hearing will happen the week of August 18 in or near Rapid City, giving local opponents a chance to show the "lack of scientific support or proper cultural resource investigations for the mine project."