RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A three-judge licensing board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will discuss Wednesday whether a uranium mining company must release information its opponents say could reveal flaws with a proposed mine in western South Dakota.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will meet for its second day of hearings in Rapid City. It’s meeting this week to hear challenges to the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine. Powertech Uranium Corp. is proposing the mine.
Opponents of the mine say the results of a geological survey could show threats to local aquifers if the company starts mining.
The company plans to use a method that would pump groundwater into the underground ore deposits to dissolve the uranium. The water would be pumped back out, where the uranium would be extracted.
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