Powertech (USA), Inc. - Environmental Permits
The Board of Minerals and Environment is the permit issuing authority for the large-scale mine permit. The Water Management Board is the permit issuing authority for the state water rights and ground water discharge plan.
Due to the public interest, both boards scheduled contested case hearings on the Powertech permit applications to be held in Rapid City to make it easier for citizens who live West River to attend. Both boards, in late 2013, decided to postpone the hearings until the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have ruled.
The contested case hearings were scheduled as follows:
September 23-26, 2013, Meeting Agenda - first days of large-scale mine permit hearing before the Board of Minerals and Environment at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City. Listen to daily meeting recordings here.
September 27, 2013, continue large-scale mine permit hearing before the Board of Minerals and Environment at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Alpine Ponderosa Room, in Rapid City
October 7-11, 2013, first day of water right permits and ground water discharge plan hearing before the Water Management Board at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City POSTPONED Listen to meeting postponement recording here.
October 28 to November 1, 2013, first day of water right permits and ground water discharge plan hearing before the Water Management Board at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City. Listen to daily meeting recordings here.
November 11-14, 2013, Board of Minerals and Environment will reconvene at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City, if needed POSTPONED
November 15, 2013, Board of Minerals and Environment will reconvene at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City, if needed POSTPONED
December 9-13, 2013, Water Management Board will reconvene at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City, if needed . POSTPONED
Powertech (USA), Inc. is a uranium company that plans to develop an in situ uranium mining operation in Custer and Fall River Counties in southwestern South Dakota (see Powertech's web site at http://www.powertechuranium.com. DENR has developed a Uranium Question and Answer Fact Sheet which describes the in situ mining process.
To help disseminate this environmental permit information, DENR will post permit applications submitted by Powertech on this page and will provide updates on the status of DENR reviews of the applications. Anyone wanting to provide comments on the permit applications can either email them to DENR or mail them to DENR at 523 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501. Each permit may have its own requirements on when public comments may be received and considered. Please consult the individual permit pages for more information on public comment periods. Any comments submitted before the the published comment deadlines for each permit application will become part of the permit file and will be considered by DENR staff who are involved in the review of permit applications and drafting of permits.
We have also provided links to applications submitted to the federal government by Powertech, such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) uranium recovery license application and the EPA Underground Injection Control permit application below.
2. Mine Permits
On February 8, 2013, Everett Hoyt, acting as prehearing chairman on behalf of the state Water Management Board, ruled that Water Right Permit Applications (Nos. 2685-2 and 2686-2) and the Ground Water Discharge Permit Application (GWD 1-13) be consolidated for purposes of conducting a contested case hearing on the applications.
Consolidated Contested Case Information
- Consolidated Case Webpage -- includes documents and hearing information pertaining to the contested case hearing for the water right permit applications and ground water discharge permit application.
Contested Case Hearing for Mine Permit Application
A contested case hearing on Powertech's mine permit application was held before the Board of Minerals and Environment from September 23-27, 2013, in Rapid City, SD. The hearing was continued to the week of November 11-15, 2013. However, the Board of Minerals and Environment issued an Order postponing the hearing until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have ruled and set the federal surety, and the state Water Management Board has decided the water rights. The Order further states that until those areas are completed “…the BME cannot conditionally approve the permit and fulfill its statutory duties.” Documents pertaining to the contested case hearing can be viewed at Powertech's Large Scale Mine Permit Application Webpage.
Links to Federal Applications
- Powertech Class V and GWD letter (1 MB pdf) April 20, 2010
- DENR UIC V comments to EPA (112 KB pdf) July 2, 2010
Links to Federal NRC Operating License and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
NRC announced in an April 8, 2014 press release that it has issued an operating license to Powertech USA for the Dewey Burdock uranium recovery facility.
1. Safety Evaluation Report - issued April 2014
2. License - issued April 2014
NRC announced in a Jan. 30, 2014 press release that it has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dewey Burdock Project.
1. Volume 1 of 2 - issued January 2014
2. Volume 2 of 2 - issued January 2014
3. DENR Comments on Draft EIS - January 10, 2013