She's concerned that people don't realize the number of old mines in the state and their potential effects. White Face has given speeches on the East Coast to drum up support for federal legislation that her group is collaborating on. congressman to draft legislation mandating mine reclamation. White Face said they're on the fourth draft. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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couldn't comment on the potential health risks of uranium exposure, but White Face attributes it to cases of cancer and brain tumors in the Northern Plains.
are contaminating water and the air with radioactive chemicals. The group, Defenders of the Black Hills, is helping to lead an effort to educate people and clean up old uranium mines across the country with an Earth Day event Tuesday.
"All the rivers in western South Dakota contain uranium. It's pretty much, by and large natural," he said, adding that the uranium levels are low.
even know it," White Face said.
"It's mainly a funding problem," Cepak said.
Mike Cepak, an engineering manager with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said the state doesn't have an abandoned mine program. Forest Service has reclaimed some mines in the western part of the state, but the process is expensive. It involves rearranging drainage so water doesn't pass through the mine, filling it in and returning vegetation to the area.
He said there hasn't been much uranium mining in the state for the past 40 years.
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She said some of the mines in question are on private land and some on federal land, including a large percentage around Mount Rushmore.
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ago, but she didn't understand the extent of it.
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"We've been hollering about this to the state and anybody that would listen," White Face said. "The state could do quite a bit if they would."
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