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EPA to hold hearings on insitu uranium mining
News Staff - April 25, 2017

PIERRE, SD – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold public meetings regarding a proposal for an 11,000 acre in situ mine, north of Edgemont, SD.

Last week, the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment held a teleconference with the federal agency for an update on an application process that dates back to 2013 from a company formerly known as Powertech.  At that time, the state board of mineral and environment’s review was interrupted in deference to EPA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the state Water Management Board.

As of October 29, 2014, Powertech Uranium Corp. was acquired by Azarga Resources Limited, in a reverse merger transaction. Through its subsidiary Powertech (USA), Inc., Azarga acquires, explores for, and develops uranium properties in Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming. It primarily holds interests in the Dewey-Burdock project that comprise approximately 50 mining leases and 370 mining claims covering an area of approximately 14,500 surface acres and 17,800 net mineral acres, located in Custer and Fall River counties, South Dakota .

Public meetings scheduled by the EPA include April 27, Valentine at Niobrara Lodge, 4-8pm; May 8-9, Rapid City at the Best Western Ramkota, 1-8pm; May 10, Hot Springs, SD at The Mueller Center, 1-8pm, and May 11, Edgemont, St. James Catholic Church, 1-8pm.



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