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Opponents discuss Uranium mining at Hot Springs meeting

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Opponents of a uranium mining proposal in KOTA Territory gather together to discuss the effects of the mining process.

More than 100 people gathered in the Hot Springs American Legion Thursday night to listen to speakers and ask questions about the proposed uranium mining project.

The speakers presented scientific facts and evidence they say will ultimately contaminate the areas drinking water for years to come.

"The other thing that happens with these abandoned uranium mines is that when it rains or snows, and we are expecting a lot of snow, as it melts, or as it rains, it will gather in the bottom of those abandoned uranium mines and then that soaks down into the aquifers," said Charmaine White Face, Coordinator of Defenders of the Black Hills.

"Part of the reason we are so concerned about this is sometimes it takes 20, 30, 40, 50 years for subsurface water to reach areas of contamination-for it to be discovered and efforts made to try and take care of it," said Bruce Ellison, a lawyer.

The Clean Water Alliance sponsored Thursday night's meeting that lasted at more than two hours.

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