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Black Hills groups meet to discuss Powertech's uranium mining proposal

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Two local environmental groups hosted a meeting Thursday night in Rapid City to discuss the community's concern about uranium mining in the Black Hills.

Opponents of a new uranium mining proposal say they're against the project because no amount of money is worth the safety of our drinking water. Environmentalists say over the life of the project, which can be 20 years, the project will use up 2.76 billion gallons of water-- much of which can become contaminated. That's why Dakota Rural Action and Clean Water Alliance members say uranium mining poses serious threats to the environment, people's health, and the tourism economy in the Black Hills.

Group members said their goal is to make it nearly impossible for Canadian company, Powertech to obtain a permit.  Powertech representatives have said it's safe to mine for uranium on the Dewey Burdock Project near Edgemont. But opponents say the project comes with deeper consequences.

"We're opposed to uranium mining proposals because we know what kind of impacts this type of mining has had on the water in other places where it's been done," said Clean Water Alliance member Lilias Jarding.

The two groups are urging others opposed to uranium mining to reach out to their legislators. The state legislature approved a measure last year that would allow the company to bypass some state regulations.

 =The Canadian company will address safety issues and present its draft operating license before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in January.

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