EPA issues denial of hotel permit application

Lodge at Mount Rushmore
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The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final decision on a permit application for a troubled hotel in Keystone.
the EPA has denied the permit for the disposal of sanitary waste into The Lodge at Mount Rushmore's onsite wastewater treatment system.

That means the hotel won't be able to reopen.
The EPA listed seven reason for denying the permit.
They say the general partner of the company which owns the hotel, Mark Arend, has not complied with federal, state and county laws even after repeated requests to do so.
The denial also says the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the lack of system maintenance may increase the chance of contaminated water reaching the local aquifer.
And the EPA says Arend has not submitted the wastewater and public water sampling reports they requested.