Powertech Uranium has cleared a major hurdle concerning the uranium mining project near Edgemont.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a license to mine the area called Dewey Burdock. It's a 13-mile area in Custer and Fall River Counties.
The NRC, which is the primary permitting agency, reports that there are no environmental impacts to the project.
Powertech has been going through the permitting process for seven years. The company still needs the green light from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of South Dakota.
Project Manager, Mark Hollenbck says the EPA has indicated it will issue a preliminary license this month, which will be subject to public comment. Once the EPA acts, the state will resume hearings.
"This license is a significant milestone for the project, one made possible by not only Powertech's staff, contractors and consultants, but also local residents who have provided their vital support and perseverance throughout the NRC's licensing action," said Hollenbeck.