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Powertech Tip of Uranium-Berg, Plans Processing Plant to Cash in on Other Miners

The Clean Water Alliance was at Rickstock yesterday, spreading the word about the perils of the Powertech/Azarga in-situ leach uranium mining proposal for the Black Hills. CWA's Lilias Jarding took a moment to explain what's at stake in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's hearing on the Fall River/Custer County mining project license this week:

Whoa—did you catch that part about ten companies expressing interest in mining the Black Hills for uranium? Jarding tells me that Powertech/Azarga's isn't just applying to mine; they want to build a processing plant that would have the capacity to process the uranium mined by subsequent entrants into the Black Hills mining game.

For opponents of uranium mining in the Black Hills, stopping Powertech/Azarga at this week's public comment session and evidentiary hearing becomes all the more important. Powertech is the tip of the uranium-iceberg. Let them in, and they are banking on other uranium miners to follow.


  1. Tim 2014.08.17

    JOBS! This is Daugaards and the state republican partys idea of jobs! We are supposed to just close our eyes and let it happen, oh yea, and buy lots of bottled water, won't be able to drink what comes out of the ground, but hey, it's a small price to pay for those JOBS! Right governor?

  2. Lynn 2014.08.17

    So do these JOBS! include working at our existing and future Superfund sites too?

  3. Tim 2014.08.17

    Lynn, you know those are the kinds of things republicans don't concern themselves with, they would cut the superfund budget if they thought they could get away with it, funnel that money into another corporate tax cut.

  4. Douglas Wiken 2014.08.18

    We need more toxic waste dumps all named "Ronald Reagan Toxic Waste Dump Memorial Number XXXX"

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