Federal hearing to review South Dakota uranium mine dispute

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Federal regulatory officials have scheduled a hearing on a South Dakota uranium mine proposal that’s intended as a step toward resolving a decade-old dispute over the potential presence of Native American cultural resources at the planned site.
    
The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hold a hearing on the proposed mine near Edgemont from August 28-30.
    
Powertech’s plans to drill for uranium have stalled for years over the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s concerns that the area could potentially hold Native American burial sites, artifacts and other cultural resources.
    
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission abandoned plans to conduct a cultural resources survey at the site last year. The commission and the tribe have reached an impasse about the methodology of the survey.
    
The August hearing is intended to resolve the survey issue.

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