Collection of news reports regarding destructive, toxic mining in the Black Hills region.

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Black Hills Clean Water Alliance files lawsuit against US Forest Service – Aired/Posted on KOTA TV on May 17, 2020




Rapid City Journal: Rapid City Council Oppose Gold Exploration Project.

Native Sun News: Rapid City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Gold Exploration

Black Hills Fox: Rapid City Council passes resolution opposing gold exploration in Rapid Creek


May 12

Rapid City Journal: Uranium Hearing Scheduled in Rapid City

Apr 18

Rapid City Journal: State wants to buy more of abandoned Black Hills mine

Mar 16

Rapid City Journal: Regulators entrust pollution study at Superfund site to company searching for gold

Mar 4

Rapid City Journal: No open cut by Rochford if gold found, execs say

Feb 27

Native Sun News: State lawmakers douse tribes’ hopes for water safety bill

Feb 21

Rapid City Journal: Minnesota company plans gold exploration in Black Hills

Jan 27

Rapid City Journal: Mining company raises Edgemont-area uranium estimate by 234 percent



Nov 7

Native Sun News: Judge advises tribal cultural fieldwork at proposed radioactive mine

Sept 19

Rapid City Journal: Company searching for gold in Black Hills re-applies for water permit

Sept 13

Rapid City Journal: Reclaimed areas of abandoned mine could be re-disturbed by new mine

Sept 2

Rapid City Journal: Company exploring for gold tries to claim 1898 water right

Aug 24

CNBC: Nuclear wasteland: The explosive boom and long, painful bust of American uranium mining

Aug 21

South Dakota News Watch: Part 1 – Rivers at Risk: S.D. waterways serve as dumping grounds for human, industrial, ag wastes

Aug 1

Rapid City Journal: Appeal of Rochford gold-drilling project dismissed

June 26

KELOLAND TV: Interior Secretary Gets Less Than Warm Welcome in the Black Hills

May 7

Rapid City Journal: Uranium companies merge in pursuit of Edgemont-area mine

May 2

Rapid City Journal: Water request withdrawn for exploratory gold drilling near Rochford

Native Sun News: Keystone denies water request to gold prospectors

April 11

Native Sun News: Inspector General orders better consultation with tribes on uranium, nuclear permits

Mar 15

Rapid City Journal: SD fines gold exploration company for violations

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Nov 6

Rapid City Journal: Uranium project inches ahead as company eyes satellite mine

Nov 30

Lakota Country Times: Black Hills Gold Exploration,Oceti Sakowin Reps to “Consult” With USFS

Nov 16

Lakota Country Times: Pe’ Sla Targeted For Gold, More Sacred Sites Threatened

Nov 6

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe scores win in uranium mining case

Apr 19

Native Sun News: Rape of the He’ Sapa: From gold to uranium

Mar 23

Unsatisfied Mining Industry Wants More from the Taxpayer

Mar 15

Native Sun News: Tribe takes NRC to mat on uranium permits: Tribe urges turnout of members for public information sessions

Mar 7 –

Rapid City Journal: EPA issues draft permits to Edgemont uranium project, schedules public hearings

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A Special five part series – Radioactive Legacy: Four million tons of radioactive waste are buried under a grassy field three miles to the southeast of Edgemont in far southwestern South Dakota. North of Edgemont, two massive abandoned mines, the biggest measuring a mile across, scar the range land.

Nuclear Monitor: Uranium – the world’s worst mined commodity

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Rapid City Journal: After regulators order clarification of economic report, uranium company’s stock struggles

Victoria Advocate: Federally proposed uranium rules reflect local fight

Rapid City Journal: Uranium mining topic of Custer meeting

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Rapid City Journal: License stay lifted for proposed uranium mine

Hot Springs Star: Uranium Mining Poll Results Reported – by Dr Tom Cook, doctorate in chemistry

Rapid City Journal: Righting a wrong at Riley Pass: After 51 years, mine cleanup finally begins

Rapid City Journal: Uranium Foes Regroup 

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The Ecologist: Protect our sacred water! The Curse of Uranium in the Black Hills by Ben Whitford

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John Lee McLaughlin, Rapid City Journal staff: Council passes resolution against uranium mining

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe still fighting uranium mine

Rapid City Journal: Fall River County Commission hears more from mining opposition

Black Hills Pioneer: Who are we permitting? Poor financials, heavy foreign investments bring questions on Powertech’s future Powertech sells 60% of Centennial project to Hong Kong investment firm; inexperienced Chinese company becomes largest Powertech shareholder

Rapid City Journal: WATCHDOG: Records law keeps uranium decision-making secret

Michael Sanborn, Rapid City Journal columnist: Council shouldn’t have diluted uranium resolution

Colorado Post Independent / Citizen Telegram / Grand Junction Free Press: A uranium mining proposal that’s larded with snake oil

Rapid City Journal: Uranium mine hearings reveal questions about proposed project

Indian Country Today Commentary: Media Distort Crow Butte Story

Rapid City Journal: Rapid council shows strength in anti-mining resolution

Michael Sanborn, Rapid City Journal columnist: Council shouldn’t have diluted uranium resolution

Rapid City Journal: Attorney questions Powertech data

Rapid City Journal: Powertech says it expects to have on-site inspectors

Rapid City Journal: Uranium hearing continues with more protester testimony

Rapid City Journal: Uranium mine protesters testify at water permit hearings

Rapid City Journal: Uranium mine protesters testify at water permit hearings

Rapid City Journal: Second state permit hearings begin for Powertech

Rapid City Journal: Uranium hearings brought new facts to light

Rapid City Journal: Leaks, spills, and other problems at in situ uranium mines across the country 

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Mines and Communities: International scientists call for a global uranium ban



Rapid City Journal: Uranium-exploration-permit-appeal-delayed