RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The CEO of a company planning a uranium mine in the Black Hills says the project is “fairly benign” and should pay off in the long run.
The proposed Powertech Uranium Corp. mine is 15 miles northwest of Edgemont. It would use a process by which oxygenated water would be injected into the ground to absorb uranium and then pumped back to the surface.
Opponents worry the mine could pollute the region’s aquifers. Supporters say it can be done safely and would bring jobs to the region.
Powertech CEO Richard Clement tells the Rapid City Journal that the process will be well-regulated and monitored.
He says the future of the plant is a “matter of doing proper public relations that we didn’t do very well the first time around.”