Plans for uranium mining near the South Dakota-Wyoming border are moving forward.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two draft permits for underground injection.
If finalized, the Dewey Burdock Project miners would drill holes to tap water, add oxygen and carbon dioxide, and send the solution to underground ores to recover uranium.
Project officials say these draft permits prove the project is safe.
Mark Hollenbeck, project manager, says "It's proven technology. Four or five of these are currently operating in Wyoming. One just across the border into Nebraska that's been operating for 20 years. This is the least intrusive method of mining there is ad it's a very safe method. It produces a carbon-free source of energy for our nation."
But there's opposition. Members of the Clean Water Alliance say it would affect a few acquifers and urge the public who oppose uranium mining to make their voices heard.
Lilias Jarding with the Clean Water Alliance says, "The issue of the draft permits by the Environmental Protection Agency should prevent a big wake up call because these permits, if they're granted, would directly threaten water supplies."
A number of hearings are scheduled for public comment.
RAPID CITY: May 8-9, 1-8pm
@ Best Western Ramkota.
HOT SPRINGS: May 10, 1-8pm
@ The Mueller Center
EDGEMONT: May 11, 1-8pm
@ St. James Catholic Church