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SD Army National Guard training area raises concerns about radioactive materials

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A new Golden Coyote training area for the SD National Guard is raising some serious concerns.
   
At issue is the SD National Guard's plan to conduct exercises in an area just north of the Cheyenne River. Members of the Defenders of the Black Hills say the area contains naturally occurring uranium, which if disturbed, may expose troops and area communities to dangerous levels of radioactive materials.        
SD National Guard Public Relations Officer Maj. Anthony Deiss says the guard conducted several tests in February of 2013 and found no immediate threats. “Safety is always the number one concern for our troops. We've done several tests to make sure that area is indeed safe and it has proven to be so."
   
Defenders of the Black Hills Coordinator Charmaine White Face says she isn't convinced that those tests were conducted in a scientific manner and thinks the national guard's plans are risking too much. "Its like a Pandora's box. Right now everything looks all nice but it might be a truck tire, it might be a stake for a tent, we don't know what will be that trigger for Pandora's box to open."
   
Deiss says that the Guard will conduct more tests at the end of the month and also at the mid–point of the Golden Coyote exercises in June.
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