Clean Water Alliance Call to Legislature Action! Heads Up! Lilias Jarding has the “Bill” goodies South Dakota’s Black Hills Water Lovers Desire.

This post concerns  “Much Ado about in-situ leach uranium mining, Powertech, clean water, mine bonds, the environment and Bills.” No, not tax bills, not Mr. Bill,  but bills of legislative import in South Dakota–the land of Powertech Potential Profits without accountability.  Well, Lilias Jarding, who plays very nicely with the Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota, has a few activist proposals for the citizens of South Dakota concerned about the potentially nasty toxifying effects of in situ uranium mining touted by Powertech and their other foreign–and American grown–cohorts. Without further ado, please take a gander at Lilias’ list of not to be missed Bills.

From the cyber-desk of Lilias Jarding, Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota,

Senate Bills 148. 149, 150–and 141.

Greetings —
 
There are now three bills in the S.D. Legislature that we need to work to support!  This is great news, but now the work begins.  This message contains information on how to contact your legislators to say you support the bill and information on each bill.  Please read to the bottom and take action today.
 
The first bill, Senate Bill 148, would return state regulatory authority over in situ leach uranium mining.  This is the authority that was taken away in 2011 by the bill that Powertech Uranium authored.  We are FOR this bill.  We want the state to regulate this type of dangerous mining, not just some distant federal officials.  And we want regular monitoring of the construction, operation, and water quality at ISL mines.  Without state monitoring, this regular oversight will not occur.
 
The second, Senate Bill 149, would change the current law.  The current law gives uranium companies 30 days to report environmental violations without any penalty.  Instead, under this bill, the companies would have to report environmental violations within 24 hours.  We are FOR this bill.  We want companies who do this dangerous type of mining to be responsible for their spills and leaks.  We want problems to be reported quickly, so that corrective measures can be applied quickly.
 
The third bill, Senate Bill 150, is the longest.  It provides additional protections that: (1) require uranium companies to return water to baseline conditions after they mine, (2) let the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources determine if it is feasible to mine safely in a particular place, (3) allow a mining permit to be denied if the company cannot demonstrate that restoration of water will work, and (4) require full restoration of water quality after mining.  We are FOR this bill.  We want full protection from the problems that in situ leach uranium mining has caused in other places.  The mining companies say they can mine safely and without contaminating groundwater.  This bill simply holds them to their word.
 
These are important bills, and we are lucky to have strong supporters like Senator Bradford and Representatives Heinert and Killer, who introduced these bills and will work to support them.  So please take a moment to thank them.  And plan to support these bills by going to Pierre, when they are up for hearings.  This could happen with only a couple days’ notice, so have your gas money set aside!  We’ll help arrange carpools, when the time comes.
 
Right now, please contact your area’s legislators and urge them to support each of these bills.  You can find out who your legislators are at http://legis.state.sd.us/who/index.aspx 
 
You can e-mail legislators at http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx   You only have to write a message once and change the legislator’s name at the top and in your “Dear ___” line.  If you have more than a few minutes, please contact every legislator and ask for their support.
 
We will be targeting the members of specific committees, as soon as the bills are assigned to committees.  So watch for that.
 
Thanks for all you do.  As usual, let me know if you have questions
 

Senate Bill 141
 
Here is another bill we need to support.  It’s Senate Bill 141.  It would increase the bond requirements for mining companies and would apply to Powertech Uranium’s proposed mine.  The text of the bill is here: http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2013/Bill.aspx?File=SB141P.htm.  Before they start mining, companies have to post a bond to insure that the mine is cleaned up, especially if the company goes bankrupt or leaves the state.  These bonds are usually way too low.  This bill would require a higher bond.

Please contact the bill’s sponsors — Senators Adelstein, Rampelberg, Kirkeby, Lucas, and Tidemann and Representatives Sly, Kopp, Hunhoff (Bernie), and Shrempp — and thank them for sponsoring the bill. 
 
Please contact your district’s legislators — and as many others as you have time to contact — and tell them you support this bill.  We support this bill because we want to be sure that the state’s natural resources are protected and that South Dakota taxpayers are not left paying to clean up messes left by mining companies, as has happened so often in the past.
 
You can write one e-mail and send it to multiple legislators easily.  To e-mail legislators, go to http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx
 
Thanks to all who have been writing legislators.  Please also remember to spread the word to your lists.
 
Onward! 

And here is where you can find the text of each bill —
 

 
Thanks to Sabrina King with Dakota Rural Action for this information.
 
Lilias
 
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Sip the Clean Water Alliance of South Dakota at:   http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/
 
Dakota Rural Action  Legislative Action Update #2
 
Ready, Set, Action!
Oh and everyone please take notes for when Powertech Uranium Corporation–or some version thereof–comes to visit your state sniffing for uranium and such.
What? You want VISUALs?  
Okay.
 
via Tipistolamedia2011
 
 

Ooops, I dropped a dot. No problem. Powertech is still loitering with ill intent.

via Ryhindor on YouTube

I don’t blame anyone for wondering just what stew is simmering in my brainpan after the my post regarding the big fan of uranium mining aka Richard F. Clement of Powertech fame.  Dropping dots is perfectly understandable when juggling like crazy.

Some Dots:

dot–uranium is a radioactive and toxic metal used for nuclear energy and weapons.

dot–Powertech Uranium Corporation wants to extract uranium from the Dewey-Burdock area in South Dakota.

dot–Richard F. Clement is CEO of Powertech Uranium Corporation.

dot–Mr. Clement has previous experience working for other uranium mining operations in places like New Mexico.

dot–Many Navajo, and non-Navajo,  uranium mine workers have died and/or experienced serious health complications.

dot–Marie Curie died from cancer as the result of exposure to radioactive materials during her scientific research.

dot–The Dewey-Burdock uranium extraction project is located about 20 miles from the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

dot–The Dewey-Burdock project acreage alone covers 17,800 acres.

dot–Powertech intends to use In-Situ mining in the Dewey-Burdock Project.

dot–In-Situ involves forcing water into sandstone to dissolve uranium in order to bring it to the surface for extraction and then sending the fluids back into the “wellfield”.

dot–Massive amounts of table water are required for In-Situ mining. The Clean Water Alliance has done the math for  how much water Powertech’s uranium mining would consume  : http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/

dot–The uranium mined will be exported out of the USA for the energy interests of OTHER countries.

dot–Powertech is a Canadian Company.

Who will benefit from uranium mining in the Dewey-Burdock area? Not Americans. The “product” and the profits will leave  America. This project will not reduce unemployment in the area. This project will consume valuable water resources. This project has the potential to contaminate several major sources of water with a single spill/leak/accident.

So why should the project go forth?

Clean Water Alliance has a great deal of information, links, contact etc.  http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/

Yeah, I think I dropped a few other dots along the way.    .          .             .

Get your Gieger counters ready.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geiger_counter

 

 

 

 

 

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