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Nuclear commission overrules judge, upholds license for company to mine uranium in southwest South Dakota

Daily Republic,  RAPID CITY, S.D. — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided to uphold a company’s license to mine for uranium near Edgemont, even though a federal judge has declared that the existence of the license without an adequate cultural resources survey is illegal.

One member of the five-person NRC, Jeff Baran, filed a dissenting opinion. Baran was chagrined that the NRC staff’s practice “has been to issue materials licenses before the completion of contested hearings on environmental matters.” He wrote that the NRC should take the opportunity presented by the Powertech vs. Oglala Sioux Tribe dispute to change that practice.

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February 11, 2019 - Posted by | Legal

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