Rapid City's Legal and Finance Committee has decided to wait a little longer on a resolution to oppose Uranium mining near Edgemont.
In a Legal and Finance meeting Wednesday, members of the Council heard arguments opposing Uranium mining. Susan Henderson says it's the Council's responsibility to listen to its citizens. "I need your help. I want you to represent that people, and to get busy, and put a strong resolution against this," said Henderson.
Others said the Black Hills are a clean and healthy area and that they don't want Uranium mining to contaminate land or water.
Mark Hollenbeck, the Powertech project manager, says water contamination in the Black Hills is impossible, since the Madison aquifer goes around and not through the Black Hills. "There's no way physically possible that we can affect either your quality or quantity of water from what we do at Dewey," said Hollenbeck.
Even though the committee doesn't have the power to decide whether Uranium mining will happen, City Councilman Steve Laurenti says their decision to support or oppose is important. "We have a lot to do with public opinion so our resolution either opposing it or supporting it can have a big impact on public opinion," said Laurenti.
The committee will be doing research on both sides and will meet again Monday.