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Lawmakers want to protect environment if uranium mining begins

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Uranium mining may never happen in the Black Hills, but either way some state lawmakers are saying if Powertech drills, they'll have to take care of the environment.   

House Bill 1193 was the topic of discussion for quite some time Saturday at a Legislative Crackerbarrel in Piedmont.

The bill would establish certain requirements relating to in situ mining including proof that wastewater won't leak into other aquifers, and companies must show that water restoration technology works.

One of the bills sponsors, Representative Scott Craig (R-SD), says if these cannot be accomplished, he's against uranium mining.   

"I would hesitating to want to put the clamps on nuclear energy as well, unless it is proven that it truly will damage human life," said Craig. "If that's the case than no debate, there should be no uranium mining here in the Black Hills.  

There will be a uranium mining hearing in Pierre on Tuesday.

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