RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A formal hearing about a company's request to mine for uranium in southwestern South Dakota will continue in November.
The proposed Powertech Uranium Corp. mine near Edgemont would use a method known as in-situ recovery, which involves pumping water fortified with oxygen and carbon dioxide into underground ore deposits to dissolve the uranium.
The state Board of Minerals and Environment last week conducted the hearing to determine whether it should issue a permit for the proposed mine about 15 miles northwest of Edgemont. The hearing will continue in Rapid City during the week of Nov. 11-15.
Supporters say it would bring jobs to the Edgemont area and tax revenue to the region and state. Opponents worry about possible harm to the environment.