South Dakota wants to buy part of abandoned Black Hills mine

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota wants to purchase part of an abandoned mine site at the Black Hills National Forest where the Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting a cleanup for nearly two decades.
    
The state commissioner of school and public lands, Ryan Brunner, recently met with the national forest’s advisory board about the former Gilt Edge Mine near Lead.
    
Brunner says the state already owns most of the land within the cleanup boundaries of the mine site, but there are still some parcels that are part of the national forest or privately owned.
    
He says South Dakota is interested in consolidating its ownership of the land because federal law says the site will be the state’s responsibility after the EPA cleanup is complete.
    
Brunner says the land sale would require congressional legislation.
    
 

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