Uranium mining in the Edgemont area may have the support of local business owners, but those opposed are putting the brakes on any immediate progress.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Water Management Board is currently reviewing two of Powertech's waste water permits.
Department officials say roughly 400 people in and around West River oppose the mining.
As a result, the waste water permit hearings, originally scheduled for this week, will be held now in October.
The board is charged with approving where the drilling will occur, which aquifers will be affected and how often groundwater testing should take place.
Charmine White Face, Coordinator for the Defenders of the Black Hills says there is no safe way to mine for uranium without contaminating the groundwater.
Powertech plans to extract the uranium by pumping water infused with oxygen and carbon dioxide into wells. Powertech is also awaiting permits from the Environmental Protection Agency and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.