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Uranium Mining Hearing in Valentine, NE.

  • Valentine's Niobrara Lodge 803 E Highway 20 Valentine, Nebraska 69201 (map)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings on a proposed radioactive uranium mine and proposed waste water disposal wells in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We need to make it clear to the EPA representatives who will carry a report on the hearings back to D.C. that people oppose uranium mining in the Black Hills and will continue the fight to protect our water until it is won. To do this, we need numbers of people to attend the EPA's hearings and speak out. We want the EPA to be real clear about the fact that they are poking a stick into a wasp's nest by threatening the water in the Black Hills.

The Black Hills are sacred to the Lakota people, and uranium mining leaves radioactive wastes that are dangerous forever. We fought this battle in the late 1970s and early 1980s and kicked some of the largest mining companies in the world out of the Black Hills. Smaller mining companies returned 11 years ago, and this time they not only want to mine directly in one drinking water aquifer, but also to pump their wastes into another aquifer that people use for drinking water. People from the reservations and the towns around the Black Hills have been fighting them since then. Now we need you to take action. Attending the hearings is a good way to get informed, as well as getting active, on the most important water issue of our time in the Black Hills. Protect the Black Hills!