Saturday, December 7, 2013

Water board delays Rapid City uranium mine

Another delayed hearing about Rapid City uranium mining plan


November 25, 2013 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A second state panel has delayed hearings on a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills until two federal agencies decide on the project.

The South Dakota Water Management Board on Monday postponed its second week of hearings scheduled for the week of Dec. 9 in Rapid City.

The Board of Minerals and Environment earlier delayed its second round of hearings on Powertech Uranium Corp.’s application for a mine near Edgemont.

Both state boards say they’ll reschedule after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency rule on the project and establish financial surety.

The Water Management Board says the delay was in response to a request from Powertech and other parties.  The panel must decide whether to grant water rights permits and a groundwater discharge plan.