Opening arguments take place over proposed uranium mine near Edgemont

RAPID CITY, SD — Opening arguments took place Wednesday at the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City over a proposed uranium mine 13 miles northwest of Edgemont.

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Powertech, a subsidiary company of Canada-based Azarga Uranium, have battled with the Oglala Sioux Tribe over the proposed site since 2009 when the idea was first introduced.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe has argued that the NRC and Powertech have not done nearly enough to consider the cultural resources and has done nothing to explore these concerns.

“The NRC staff has refused to negotiate with the tribe, to contract the necessary work, and also refuse to seek out other qualified contractors.” said a representative for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The NRC and Powertech maintain that they have done everything in their power to accommodate the demands of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

The hearings will continue into Thursday and possibly Friday before the atomic safety and licensing board makes a ruling on the case.

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