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Read what some of our concerned citizens have wrote over the years.
Native Sun News:
To the Editor,
Renewable energy is now cheaper than coal, oil, gas and nuclear power. Since October 2012, U.S. nuclear plant owners have closed about a dozen reactor units.
The EPA issued draft permits to Powertech/Azarga for a proposed insitu leach uranium mine in Custer and Fall River Counties that proposes to operate for 10 years. No such mine has been successfully cleaned up, despite sincere efforts. When the mining ends the pumps are turned off, and the heavy metals such as uranium which were loosened by the mining solution continue flowing through the aquifer.
Yes, in-situ leach mining occurs within an aquifer. In this case, mining would occur in the Inyan Kara aquifer via 4,000 wells. Waste would be injected into the Minnelusa aquifer. People are using the water in these aquifers!
Do we risk precious water for a type of mining that historically has depleted and contaminated water in exchange for a handful of jobs to provide fuel to the dying nuclear power industry?
Or do we think beyond 10 years, and reserve our water to support the sustainable economic growth that is happening in the Black Hills? The economics of uranium mining do not make sense here.
Jerri Baker, Hot Springs : Feedback on guest editorial by the geologist for Powertech
Mary Goulet, Hot Springs : House of Cards
John Tsitrian Rapid City businessman and former member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange : FORUM: Powertech Uranium investors got the blues again, mama
Stephanie Anise, Hot Springs : Gubernatorial candidate against uranium mining
Rick Summerville, Rapid City : The uranium debacle and legislators voting against the people
Linda Bochmann, Hot Springs : Ask yourself if we want to take a chance with uranium mining here
Dr. Rebecca R. Leas, Rapid City : A broomstick revolution is needed – sweep ’em out!
Kim C. Kraft, Hot Springs : Uranium mining is not just a West River problem
Gardner Gray, Pringle : The USGS says that there are no remediated ISL mining operations in this country
Lynn Gray, Pringle : If you wish for my vote and the vote of many of my friends, neighbors, associates and relatives…
Melody Inchumuck, Hot Springs : Irreparable harm that would be done to cultural resources
Ed Harvey, Hot Springs : GUEST EDITORIAL: Mr. Hollenbeck ignores a few relevant facts
Dr. Thomas Cook, Hot Springs : The issue of â€œin situâ€ uranium mining
Kim C. Kraft, Hot Springs : Nuclear energy not a clean energy source
Charmaine White Face Coordinator, Defenders of the Black Hills : FORUM: Time to clean up abandoned uranium mines
Gena Parkhurst, Rapid City : Proposed uranium mine has many problems
Gena Parkhurst, Rapid City : Uranium mining – at what cost to our water?
Jerri Baker, Hot Springs : Fracture: a breaking of something – Guest Editorial
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs : Comment on guest editorial by Mark Hollenbeck
Rapid City Journal Editorial Board : EDITORIAL: NRC’s rush to judgment
Lilias Jarding, Rapid City : It falls to us to fight off threat
Kim C. Kraft, Hot Springs : We need lawmakers who represent us
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs : Addressing the ongoing proposal to mine uranium in the Edgemont area
Kim C. Kraft, Hot Springs : Azarga
Lynn E. Gray, Pringle : HB 1193
Sandra I. Rodgers, Hot Springs : Dewey-Burdock Powertech Uranium
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs : Uranium mining will pollute environment
Sylvia Lambert, Rapid City : Toxic chemical alert!
Jerri Baker, Hot Springs : If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything
Sandra I. Rogers, Hot Springs : Legislators should protect our water
Laurie Barnaud, Nisland : Weakening mining laws is hazardous
Sylvia Lambert, Rapid City : Powertechâ€™s uranium mining plan’s Processing Plant
Cheryl Rowe, Rapid City : Real Estate Investment or Uranium Mining?
Cheryl Rowe, Rapid City : Uranium mining could ruin real estate
Sylvia Lambert, Interior : Will lawmakers protect our water?
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs : Response to a Guest Editorial in the Dec. 3 Hot Springs Star, written by Mayor Carl Shaw of Edgemont
Mary Helen Pederson, Hot Springs : Good books donâ€™t give up all their secrets at once
Rick Summerville, Rapid City : The public deserves the truth
Dr. Rebecca R. Leas, Rapid City : Red flag! Significant destruction to underground structures and aquifers is likely
Rick Summerville, Rapid City : Public deserves truth, not lies on mining
John Hammond, Rapid City : Let us learn from history. We don’t need this.
Mary Helen Pederson, Hot Springs : Details on Uranium mine still unclear
Sarah Peterson, Hot Springs : Save our clean water
Tom Cook, Field Director, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Pine Ridge : Crow Butte Resources has pollution issues
Mary Jo Farrington, Rapid City : I have a lot to be thankful for
Lilias Jarding, Rapid City : Other companies want to mine uranium
Pat Shermer, Rapid City : Contact politicians to stop mining
Jerri Baker, Hot Springs : Information pulled from the NRC regarding the Crow Butte in situ uranium mine in Nebraska.
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs : In regard to the proposed uranium mining in the Edgemont area
Dr. Thomas H. Cook, Hot Springs : Why are we so cheap?
Sandra Rodger, Hot Springs : A letter of thanks
Jim Petersen President, South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, and environmental consultant : FORUM: Powertech project a reminder of Lonetree
Rebecca R. Leas, Ph.D. A health education specialist in Rapid City : FORUM: Writers too close to Powertech project
Sandra Rodgers, Hot Springs : Thank you for covering Powertech
Paul Seamons, Dakota Rural Action : Not extremists; non-profit protectors
Carla Rae Marshall, Rapid City : Help us protect our state’s water
Rapid City Journal Editorial Board : EDITORIAL: Powertech hearings informative
Rebecca Leas, PhD, Rapid City : Thoughts on the uranium debacle
Ruth Waddington, Rapid City : Those protecting public aren’t doing so
Jerry Meyer, Black Hawk : U.S. doesn’t need more uranium
Mary Helen Pederson, Hot Springs : Details on Uranium mine still unclea
Karen Pettigrew, Rapid City : Uranium coverage journalism at its best
Michael Sanborn Mining disaster too risky
Nancy Hamak, Keystone : Powertech offers no guarantees
Harold Storsve, Rapid City : Powertech proposal shaky at best
Jim Petersen, Rapid City : Council’s Powertech vote was on target
Rick Summerville, Rapid City : State lawmakers sold out to Powertech
Daniel Cole, Rapid City : Uranium mining scarred Utah, Arizona
Cheryl Rowe: Citizens protesting the uranium mining care about their water and health.
Rick Summerville: South Dakotans take pride in defending “states’ rights.”
Cheryl Rowe: Be suspicious of Powertech’s spin
Lilias Jarding: In-situ mining not a boon for Crawford
Gardner Gray: Mayor Kooiker’s courageous stand against the Canadian company, Powertech
Ed Harvery: Which is the real project?
Mary Goulet:Get the woman a watch! Len Winter, Rapid City: Let Canadians pollute own country
Nancy Gregory, Hot Spring: More information on uranium mining is available
Kim C. Kraft, Hot Springs: Powertech doesn’t care
Lynn E. Gray, Pringle: Say NO to water abuse!
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs:Uranium mining will pollute the soil
Larry Beezley: Uranium mine likely disaster
Christine Sandvik: Don’t stir up the hornet’s nest
Nancy Hamak, Keystone: Thanks to the nine Rapid City Council members and Mayor Sam Kooiker
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs: Mining uranium in the Edgemont area again is very dangerous
Carol Lynch, Rapid City: Thanks to council for protecting water
Citizen Jewet: Council applauded for Powertech vote
Nancy Hamak, Keystone: Thanks for standing up
Edie Boulter, Rapid City: Don’t sell (or give away) ourselves down the river
Shirley Frederick, Rapid City: Citizens voiced concern about uranium
John Wrede, Rapid City: Council’s uranium vote deserves praise
T.L. Standing Soldier, Rapid City: Money does not equal peace of mind
Michael Petersen, Rapid City: Uranium mining benefits other nations
Mary Goulet: Why do some people short-change future and health of their children for the possibility of temporary, monetary gains.
Bob Mercer Journal correspondent: Powertech suddenly has a big, big foe
Mary Helen Pederson, Hot Springs: Read everything about Powertech
Kim C. Kraft, Hot Springs: Powertech is pursuing permits to take vast amounts of water from our major aquifers in the Southern Black Hills.
Dr. Rebecca R. Leas, Ph.D.: Throughout the west uranium mining is wreaking havoc on water resources
Lynn Gray, Pringle: The Black Hills region is one of the few and last remaining areas of our whole country that can boast clean water
Sarah Peterson, Hot Springs: Concerned about the 9,000 gallons per minute
Sylvia Lambert, Interior: We must demand protection of aquifers
Rebecca R. Leas, Ph.D., Rapid City: Uranium mining is not safe
Melody Inchumuk, Hot Springs: Footprints in the sands of time
Ginger Heinzen, Hot Springs: its all about the water
Nancy Gregory, Hot Springs: Pheasants, Fossils & Water
Jerri Baker, Hot Springs: How much Madison did that take?
Juli Ames-Curtis, Custer: Serious and relevant questions on the usage of water
Susan R. Henderson, Edgemont: Is uranium mining industry profitable?
Jim Kent: Home of Pending Environmental Disasters
Dr. Rebecca Leas PhD: Save the Black Hills
Jerri Baker: Opinion on uranium mining
Susan Henderson: Powertech asking South Dakotans to take a huge risk
Susan Henderson: Powertech; a get-rich-quick-scheme gone bad?