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Thank you for joining us.  We are at a critical time in protecting water from radioactive uranium mining here in the Black Hills region. 

THE EPA IS SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON PERMITS TO MINE URANIUM IN THE SOUTHERN BLACK HILLS.

DEADLINE IS MAY 19, 2017

Let’s tell the Environmental Protection Agency NO URANIUM MINING IN THE BLACK HILLS! NOT NOW, NOT EVER.  WE’VE STOPPED URANIUM MINING BEFORE, WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!  We’ve held Azarga/Powertech Uranium off since 2010 with the help of many dedicated volunteers, grassroots allies, expert witnesses, and tribal historical preservation officers.  Through these combined efforts we have intervened through the legal channels to prevent this toxic uranium mining from contaminating our water.

We must once again do everything in our power to protect our water’s aquifers; the Madison, Minnelusa, Inyan Kara Group, along with others, from this toxic uranium mining operation.  WATER IS LIFE!

The company now plans to drill 4,000 in situ leach mining wells. The original plan was to drill 1,500.  These toxic wells would be drilled into the Inyan Kara formation on the southwest edge of the Black Hills. After mining, they plan to pump uranium mining wastes back underground into the Minnelusa aquifer through as many as four deep disposal wells. However, there are several other precious aquifers that the company has listed to be tested; Unkpapa/Sundance, Fall River, Minnekahta Limestone, and the Chilson (or Lakota).  This is unacceptable.  We can’t sit idle on this issue.  Please join use at one, or all of the upcoming EPA Hearings.

Bring your friends and family to voice your outrage at this toxic contamination threat to our water. Click on Public Hearings  for schedule listing or view right side bar for dates, times and locations >>>>———->

Send in your written comment to the EPA to the address below:

Valois Shea (shea.valois@epa.gov)
Fax: 303-312-6741
U.S. EPA Region 8
Mail Code: 8WP-SUI
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, Colorado  80202-1129

EPA Public Notice

Remember, the EPA Public Comments are due on May 19, 2017.

Don’t know what to say? Click here for a Comment Card 3-17 pdf


“The Madison and Minnelusa aquifers are two of the most important aquifers in the Black Hills area because of utilization for water supplies and important influences on surface-water resources resulting from large springs and stream-flow-loss zones.”United States Geological Survey: Geochemistry of the Madison and Minnelusa Aquifers in the Black Hills Area, South Dakota – PDF

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Some Brief History: 

All mining companies use the 1872 General Mining Law to gain access to mineral mining.  Anyone can pay a small fee and stake a claim on federal lands.  The claim-holder has an absolute right to mine under the law, and — even worse — they don’t have to pay any federal royalties.

Honor the Treaties and the National Historic Preservation Act.

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (Public Law 89-665; 54 U.S.C. 300101 et seq.) is legislation intended to preserve historical and archaeological sites in the United States of America.

Under the 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty the U.S. Government is mandated to consult with tribal government as Government to Government Relations.  This includes following NHPA rules and regulations with the tribes. However, South Dakota and federal agencies involved in permitting this uranium mining have continuously ignored tribal nations and their expert testimony regarding cultural properties and sacred sites in the target area.

The Treaties are the supreme law of the land according to the U.S. Supreme Court decision.  But that hasn’t stopped mining corporations and unethical politicians from bulldozing through to get what they want.  It’s time to hold the U.S. Government’s accountable for threatening our water supply.


This map shows claims by radioactive mining companies on federal lands in the Black Hills region as of 2016.  The claims are in red. The map for the central Black Hills is a United States Geological Survey map of the rock layers in the region.  The claims along the northwestern edge of the Black Hills in Wyoming are to the left, off the main map. CLAIMS ON USGS MAP

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TAKE ACTION NOW! The Environmental Protect Agency is seeking  Public Comments on the permitting process for Azarga/Powertech in the Dewey-Burdock area of Fall River and Custer counties.  This comment period are for the Class III and Class V Injection Well Draft Area Permits:

EPA-1 The EPA Public Comments are due on May 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST.  Public Hearings schedule.



URANIUM MINING WOULD USE HUGE AMOUNTS OF OUR WATER!

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The proposal for a uranium mine in Fall River and Custer counties of South Dakota would use huge amounts of water.

Powertech Uranium has asked the state for a permit to extract 551 gallons per minute from the Madison aquifer. They have also applied for a permit to extract 8,500 gallons per minute from the Inyan Kara formation.

9,000 gallons per minute equals 12,960,000 gallons per day. Multiply that by 365 days and then by a ten years, and this equals 47 billion gallons of our water. According to the company, the project may last as long as 20 years.

94 billion gallons of water, in a time of drought, for which they’d pay NOTHING. 

Money isn’t the issue… but the threat to our water is!


URANIUM MINING IS BAD.

WHAT IS URANIUM?

Uranium is a naturally-occurring element. It generally poses no danger when it is left in the ground. However, when it is brought to the surface and concentrated, it emits dangerous levels of radiation. Once uranium begins to emit radiation, it breaks down into other heavy metals in a process that cannot be stopped and lasts millions of years.


History of Uranium Mining | Know the Hazards | What is “In situ” Mining?


CLEAN UP THE MINES!

Kerr McGee U Mine Navajo 1953

cutm-petition-image“There are more than 15,000 abandoned uranium mines in the US.”- cleanupthemines.org

There are 167 old uranium mines and prospects in the southern Black Hills.

The federal Department of Energy is collecting comments on abandoned uranium mines. Click here  and provide your input (once on the DOE site there is a link in the top right corner where you can file your comments.)