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DENR: Hearing for Powertech Water Applications Delayed

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In a news release Tuesday, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced that a hearing on two applications from Powertech (USA) Inc. for water right permits for proposed uranium in situ leach mining in southwestern South Dakota has been postponed.

The hearing before the state Water Management Board was originally scheduled for Dec. 5. A new date for the hearing has not been set, but it will likely be rescheduled sometime early in 2013.

A DENR public notice gave interested parties until Nov. 26 to petition to intervene on the water right applications. A provision in state law says the applicant or any person who has filed a petition to support or oppose an application may submit a written notice requesting postponement of the published hearing date for the application. The department has received written petitions requesting the postponement.

The Powertech water right applications are two of four applications Powertech has submitted to DENR. The other applications are for a large-scale mine permit and ground water discharge plan.

Powertech must also seek an operating license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and necessary permits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Powertech submitted the two water right applications on June 12.  

Powertech seeks a proposed uranium in situ leach mine and processing facility about 13 miles northwest of Edgemont. Production is estimated at 1 million pounds of uranium oxide per year for 20 years.

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