PIERRE, SD--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2014) - Powertech Uranium Corp. (
The South Dakota House Agriculture & Natural Resources committee today defeated, on a 10-2 vote, a proposal that would have delayed Powertech's Dewey-Burdock in situ uranium project near Edgemont, South Dakota for several years.
According to Dewey-Burdock Project Manager, Mark Hollenbeck, "The bill was clearly an attempt to delay or completely stop the project. The bill sponsors ignored the experience and expertise of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which recently issued the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the project."
In publishing the FSEIS NRC stated, "The report concludes there are no environmental impacts that would preclude licensing the facility." Hollenbeck said it was important to note that the key points of HB 1193 were addressed in the FSEIS and rejected by NRC, and that the bill offered no additional protection to the public health or environment.
Representative Gary Cammack, a Union Center rancher and business owner, voted against the proposal, saying, "I have a clear understanding of the value of water, but I also have honored science and when two different agencies spend six to seven years studying an issue like this and they come back with no findings that are detrimental, and we've got a small community that can greatly benefit from this project, I believe that we should do what we can to move it forward."
Hollenbeck also said, "This bill sought to steal the future from the community of Edgemont, which now, more than ever, needs a future that embraces the development of resources that provide much needed economic development and local jobs." In his testimony before the committee, Hollenbeck mentioned the overwhelming support by local landowners, Edgemont City Council, and other organizations in the southern Black Hills.
Richard Clement, Powertech President and CEO, stated, "We continue to be pleased with our progress in South Dakota and appreciate the continued support of local residents and state legislators. The strength of the review by NRC clearly illustrates the project's robust protection of the environment and highlights the positive impacts of the project for South Dakota. The FSEIS has proven to be useful in informing state legislators and the public on the project. We now look forward to issuance of the Source Material License by NRC and injection well permits by EPA. The resumption of state hearings will follow issuance of these federal licenses and permits."
This news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Richard Clement, President and CEO of Powertech, under whose direction the Company's operations are being carried out. Mr. Clement, P.G., MSc. is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.
About Powertech Uranium Corp.
Powertech Uranium Corp. is a mineral exploration and development company that, through its South Dakota-incorporated subsidiary Powertech (USA), Inc., has holdings including the Dewey-Burdock Uranium Deposit in South Dakota, the Centennial Project in Colorado, and Dewey Terrace and Aladdin Projects in Wyoming.
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