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Powertech says no after being ordered to make rock formation info available

A public hearing is underway through August 21st on Powertech/Azarga’s license to operate at the Dewey-Burdock mine site in Custer and Fall River Counties.

Powertech/Azarga announced in July that it had entered into an agreement in May to obtain new information on the geology  of the Dewey Burdock mine, just a month after it received its license from the NRC in April to handle radioactive materials.  The Clean Water Alliance says that this new information was not included in the documents that the company used in its application to the NRC or in the agency’s Environmental Impact Statement.
 
On August 6th, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, or ASLB, told the company to produce the new information, saying the information is “relevant” and said it’s subject to “mandatory disclosure” but on August 7th, Powertech/Azarga objected saying it’s not relevant to the ASLB proceeding.   

Lilias Jarding from the Clean Water Alliance said that information on rock formations that the company wants to mine is relevant to the risks residents of the area face if Powertech/Azarga is allowed to mine directly in groundwater aquifers.  She said every one has a basic right to know what the company knows.  She said it’s highly suspicious that this information become available directly after the license was issued.
 
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