The federal Environmental Protection Agency took testimony in Chadron yesterday on new rules for in-situ uranium operations, such as the proposed Dewey Burdock project north of Edgemont and Cameco's Crow Butte mine near Crawford. The proposed new rules, the first in 2 decades, require companies to record the groundwater chemistry before mining begins, then return the water to that chemistry when mining ends and monitor water quality for 30 years. Political science professor turned uranium mining expert and opponent Lilias Jarding said in-situ mining poses as many environmental risk as the old open-pit mining used in the first uranium rush in South Dakota 6 decades ago. The EPA will hold tomorrow public testimony sessions, both in Casper - one tonight and the other on Thursday morning. [KCSR Radio]Radiologist Rebecca Leas says the Dewey Burdock uranium mine is 'loaded with red flags.'
Debra White Plume (Wioweya Najin Win), Executive Director of Owe Aku, is taking on Cameco.
Opponents of the Dewey Burdock mine won a delay on April 30 when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) ruled that Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff ignored the pleas of tribes to protect cultural sites.
Little or no yellowcake mined at these sites would stay in the United States.
A lawsuit has been filed seeking to block a plan to inject up to 10,000 barrels of saltwater per day into abandoned oil and gas wells in Sioux County, Nebraska.