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RAPID CITY — Gena Parkhurst testified before a regional Environmental Agency Protection judge Monday that it was contaminated water Parkhurt’s mother drank in North Carolina that caused Gena’s birth defects and one of the reasons the federal agency should pull the plug on a proposed uranium …

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RAPID CITY (AP) — A mining company must release the results of a geological survey that opponents of its proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota say is necessary to ensure that local aquifers are protected, a federal licensing board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled Wednesday.

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RAPID CITY (AP) — A licensing board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked with approving a South Dakota uranium mine questioned expert witnesses Tuesday to determine whether commission staff members adequately consulted Native Americans and met legal requirements for protecting hi…

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HOT SPRINGS — Three judges from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board traveled to Hot Springs Monday to hear from the public on Powertech Uranium Corp.’s controversial proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine project near Edgemont.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — Judges on a federal nuclear regulatory board lifted a temporary stay of Powertech Uranium Corp.’s operating license for their proposed Dewey-Burdock in situ recovery uranium mine in the southern Black Hills Tuesday and denied requests by project interveners to formally stay …

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — Judges on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board put Powertech Uranium’s southern Black Hills mining project on hold Wednesday, issuing a temporary stay on the company’s operating license for the proposed Dewey-Burdock in situ recovery ura…

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RAPID CITY — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission made a controversial move Tuesday by granting Powertech Uranium Corp. a license for its proposed in situ recovery uranium mine in the Southern Black Hills four months in advance of a public hearing the regulatory group scheduled to hear arg…

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — On Wednesday Powertech Uranium Corp. announced plans to merge with the base of its financial livelihood Hong Kong-based private uranium investment firm Azarga Resources Limited to create Azarga Uranium Corp., a Canada-based international uranium mining corporation with eigh…

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PIERRE — A South Dakota House Bill proposing uranium mining-specific environmental protection regulations reminiscent of those adopted in Colorado in 2010, when Powertech USA was actively seeking approval for a proposed in situ recovery (ISR) uranium mine in the state, comes up for review be…

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EDGEMONT — Powertech’s Dewey Burdock in situ uranium mine Project Manager Mark Hollenbeck recently told the editorial board of the Black Hills Pioneer that one of the more frustrating aspects of his company’s hotly-contested state-level application hearings for the proposed mine in the South…

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SPEARFISH — The Black Hills Pioneer recently submitted a series of questions to Powertech officials regarding their proposed Dewey Burdock in situ uranium mining project that would extract an estimated one million pounds of uranium a year for eight years from an almost 11,000-acre piece of l…

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SPEARFISH — Hong Kong-based uranium and rare earth metals development company Azarga Resources increased its holdings in Powertech Uranium Corp. by 23,390,000 common shares Tuesday afternoon, upping their ownership to 40.5 percent of the Canadian uranium company’s common shares.

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RAPID CITY (AP) — Two federal agencies must approve a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills before a South Dakota board further considers issuing a permit, its hearing chairman said Tuesday, citing a state law.

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EDGEMONT — In the second to last week of October, Powertech Uranium Corp. announced it’d closed a deal with Hong Kong-based uranium and rare earth metals development company Azarga Resources Limited for a $3.6 million line of credit with a 15 percent interest rate, plugging the Canadian comp…

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RAPID CITY — What kind of water will be pumped back into the ground if a proposed uranium mining project near Edgemont moves forward was up for debate Thursday during the first week of Powertech’s permit hearings before the state’s Water Management Board.

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RAPID CITY — It was during spirited discussions Wednesday afternoon about jurisdiction issues surrounding the contentious proposed uranium mining operation near Edgemont that Bruce Ellison stretched out his arms in frustration.

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RAPID CITY — When Donald Ackerman thinks about the proposed uranium mine near Edgemont, one worry persists in the back of his mind — security.

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RAPID CITY — The artesian wells bordering the Cheyenne River don’t freeze during the winter, which means 400 head of cattle from Mark Tubbs’ ranch have a clean, free source of water during the year’s coldest months. If the proposed uranium mining project by Powertech (USA) Inc. doesn’t chang…

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RAPID CITY — At the end of September the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) came out in opposition of uranium mining in the Black Hills, on the very same day permit hearings began in Rapid City for Powertech USA’s proposed large-scale in situ leach (ISL) uranium mine in the South…

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RAPID CITY — The South Dakota Water Management Board joined hundreds of other entities Monday when it cancelled its plans following the weekend storm that buried the Black Hills in more than five feet of snow and left thousands without power.  

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RAPID CITY — In last-hour attempts by attorneys from both sides, the Board of Minerals and Environment was led Friday through dozens of water, restoration, land and mining studies and projects they hoped highlighted either the virtues or dangers of in situ uranium mining.

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RAPID CITY — An issue at the heart of the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mining permit application surfaced Thursday during the fourth day of contested hearings before the Board of Minerals and Environment, prompting concern by the chair of the board that members might not be able to make a …

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RAPID CITY — Powertech faced an uphill battle Wednesday in its attempts to include draft permits in the Board of Minerals and Environment hearings for a large-scale mine northwest of Edgemont.

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RAPID CITY — How and when Powertech USA Inc. would dispose of waste water during a proposed uranium mining project near Edgemont was just one of dozens of debated issues in the second day of contested public hearings with the Board of Minerals and Environment Tuesday.

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RAPID CITY — The first day of a hotly contested public hearing about whether to allow Powertech (USA) Inc. to mine near Edgemont included back-to-back firsthand experiences with uranium mining — one a cautionary tale and the other a testimony of economic development and job creation.

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CHAMBERLAIN — The South Dakota State Medical Association has come out in opposition of uranium mining in the Black Hills in direct response to Powertech USA’s proposed in situ leach (ISL) uranium mining project in Fall River County, making it the second statewide medical association to publi…

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RAPID CITY — Five days have passed since officials with the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment refused to place a Rapid City Council resolution expressing “grave concern” about Powertech USA’s controversial proposed uranium mine in the southern Black Hills on the public record at…