- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says no cleanup will be required at three abandoned uranium mines near Edgemont.

The Rapid City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1VCGkRr ) that the EPA announced its decision Tuesday after looking at on water and sediment sampling taken in September. The agency says it was unable to document a release of hazardous substances that would cause serious human health or ecological effects.

The assessment was requested by the nonprofit Institute of Range and the American Mustang, owner of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

The abandoned mines are 13 miles northwest of Edgemont, on the southwestern edge of the Black Hills. The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is about 20 miles east of Edgemont.

The EPA’s contractor conducted sampling upstream and downstream from the abandoned mines.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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