On May 10th the Clean Water Alliance in South Dakota emailed this super news:
” Rapid City Hearing Results — and On to Hot Springs on Wednesday! ”
The EPA’s public comment hearings in Rapid City are over. Of the 84 people who gave public comments, 82 of them (98%) were against the uranium mining and deep disposal wells! Thanks to all of you who gave comments. Thanks also to everyone who helped organize, feed people, act as hosts at the Mother Butler Center, and clean up afterward! I’ll miss people, if I start naming names, but you know who you are!
Tomorrow is the public comment hearing in Hot Springs. We’ll meet starting at 10:00 at Centennial Park (on Jennings Avenue off of River Street). We’ll march to the Mueller Center around noon (801 S. 6th Street). The hearings are from 1:00 – 8:00 at the Mueller Center, with a break from 5:00 – 6:00.
Then on Thursday, the last hearing will take place at St. James Catholic Church, 310 – 3rd Avenue in Edgemont.
Let’s keep the momentum going! See you in Hot Springs, and then on to Edgemont.
The Black Hills Water Alliance website link is:
STOP URANIUM MINING IN THE BLACK HILLS.
Thank you for joining us. We are at a critical time in protecting water from radioactive uranium mining here in the Black Hills region.
WE’VE STOPPED URANIUM MINING BEFORE, WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!
We must do everything in our power to protect our groundwater aquifers; the Madison, Minnelusa, Inyan Kara Group, along with others, from toxic uranium mining operations such as this current threat by AZARGA Uranium – AKA – Powertech (USA). Azarga/Powertech want to use billions of gallons of our water for their toxic in situ uranium mining operation planned for the Dewey-Burdock area of the Southern Black Hills. But they need permits like this one below:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 is requesting public comment by June 19, 2017, on two Underground Injection Control (UIC) Draft Area Permits and one associated proposed aquifer exemption decision for the Dewey-Burdock uranium in-situ recovery (ISR) site located near Edgemont, South Dakota, under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act and UIC program regulations. The Dewey-Burdock site is located in southwestern Custer County and northwestern Fall River County, on the Wyoming/South Dakota border.
The EPA Region 8 UIC Program is issuing two Draft UIC Area Permits to Powertech (USA) Inc., Suite #140, 5575 Denver Technical Center Parkway, Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111, for injection activities related to uranium recovery. One is a UIC Class III Area Permit for injection wells for the ISR of uranium; the second is a UIC Class V Area Permit for deep injection wells that will be used to dispose of ISR process waste fluids into the Minnelusa Formation after treatment to meet radioactive waste and hazardous waste standards. The EPA is also proposing an aquifer exemption approval in connection with the Class III Area Permit to exempt the uranium-bearing portions of the Inyan Kara Group aquifers.
Written comments must be received by midnight on June 19, 2017.
Public Hearing Information: The EPA held the following public hearings at the times, dates and locations listed below:
Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (with a break from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
803 US Highway 20
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
Monday-Tuesday, May 8-9, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with a break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
The Best Western Ramkota Hotel
2111 North Lacrosse Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with a break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
The Mueller Center
801 South 6th Street
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747
Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with a break from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
St. James Catholic Church
310 3rd Avenue
Edgemont, South Dakota 57735
Information Available for Review: All information submitted by the applicant and generated by the EPA during permit application review is available for public review as part of the administrative record and will be available on this EPA Region 8 UIC Program website. Available documents include the permit applications, draft permits, fact sheet documents and other supporting documents. A paper version of the administrative record will be available for public viewing in the EPA Region 8 Library located at 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colorado, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, excluding federal holidays. All visitors to the Region 8 office must show a picture ID such as a current driver’s license. Visitors must also register at the guard desk in the lobby before proceeding to the Library. The administrative record will be available for public review as of March 6, 2017.
In addition to seeking comments on the Class III and V draft area permits, the EPA is seeking public comment on the identification of traditional cultural properties at the Dewey-Burdock Project Site Area of Potential Effects, on the potential adverse effects of the proposed project, and on measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate potential adverse effects on historic and traditional cultural properties pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and 36 CFR § 800.2(d) and § 800.6(a)(4).