At a recent public meeting, supporters of the proposed in situ uranium mine near Edgemont advocated that the mine would provide an economic benefit to the region, reports the Rapid City Journal. However, opponents of the mine are still fearful about water pollution and other environmental damage that could occur.
Additional hearings have been scheduled as Powertech, the company behind the proposed mine, tries to obtain two permits through the U.S. Envrionmental Protection Agency to start the operation. One of the permits would allow the company to drill approximately 4,000 injection wells used to mine uranium. The other permit would allow the company to drill four deep injection wells for disposal of waste fluids.
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