THERE IS A REAL THREAT TO OUR WATER! NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP PREVENT URANIUM MINING FROM HAPPENING IN THE BLACK HILLS!
URANIUM MINING WOULD USE HUGE AMOUNTS OF OUR WATER
- The proposal for a uranium mine northwest of Edgemont would use huge amounts of water.
- Azarga/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.
- The company plans to drill two or more wells into the Madison aquifer and a total of 1,500 wells into the Inyan Kara. “Only” 1,000 wells would operate at any one time.
- According to the company, the project would consume (use up) 2.76 billion gallons of the water. This water would no longer be available to communities, ranches, and families.
- After it is used for mining, the water that is not consumed or left in the aquifer would be treated in one of two ways:
- The company prefers to pump it underground — into aquifers below the mining – where it would no longer be available to communities, ranches, and families.
- It could be sprayed on the ground. At other sites the spray created a build-up of toxic materials, including selenium.
- Much of the water would be used repeatedly, but it would be contaminated and would not be available for other uses. Our aquifer will never be the same.
- The federal government wants South Dakotans to pay for water from the Missouri River. We live in a semi-arid area, and droughts are a regular occurrence. If this project goes through, we will lose access to critical groundwater resources.
DON’T LET A FOREIGN CORPORATION USE AND POLLUTE OUR WATER – TAKE ACTION!
- ‘In situ’ leach uranium mining contaminates groundwater and surface water with radioactive materials and heavy metals – contamination that remains after mining ends, and that is
- dangerous to humans and livestock. Groundwater has never been returned to its original condition at any ‘in situ’ leach uranium mine in the United States.
- Powertech, a Canadian company, now owned by Azarga Uranium, has never mined uranium – or any other natural resource.
When our water is damaged, there may be no recourse against a foreign company.
- Talk to your neighbors and legislators, or write a letter to the editor.
- Call Governor Dennis Daugaard (605-773-3212) and members of Congress now.
- Attend the upcoming hearings in Rapid City, Valentine and Hot Springs.