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Meeting about abandoned Uranium Mine cleanup - Thursday May 12, 2011


The following meeting is regarding the Riley Pass abandoned uranium mine in the North Cave Hills Area.

This is a huge mine and the company that was to participate in the clean-up, which will total in the billions of dollars, has gone bankrupt. The original plans for the cleanup were very questionable and would not have adequately held the radioactive pollution. Among the questions to be asked is what about the other 88 abandoned mines in this area, as there are 89 abandoned mines. When will the other 88 be cleaned up?

Those of you who can attend, please do so. Because of our continued presence at their meetings and asking questions, the US Forest Service has done more to begin cleanup than at any other place. We need to keep the public pressure on as the public's health is what is affected.

Thank you.

Charmaine White Face, Coordinator

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April 26, 2011

Dear Forest User,

The Forest Service will be hosting a meeting to provide an informational update regarding completed and ongoing clean-up actions at the Riley Pass Site. These actions are being completed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund. You are being contacted since you may be interested in or potentially affected by planned work at the Riley Pass site.

The meeting will be at Ludlow School in Ludlow, South Dakota on Thursday May 12, 2011 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. The intent of the meeting is to provide presentations regarding site clean-up efforts and then provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions. The meeting agenda is as follows:

Meeting Agenda


1. Introductions. Dan Seifert 7:00 to 7:10 pm

2. Riley Pass site overview. Dan Seifert 7:10 to 7:20

3. 2010 completed work:

Bluffs J and K.

Bluff B sediment ponds. MaryBeth Marks 7:20 to 7:35

4. 2011 planned work:

Bluff I-2.

Soil borrow area.

3130 road. Dan Seifert,

Sam Archambault 7:35 to 7:45


5. Tronox bankruptcy agreement future & site work. Dan Seifert 7:45 to 8:00

6. Question & answer opportunity for public. Dan Seifert 8:00 to 8:30 pm

If you have any questions, need additional information, or have special needs to accommodate attending the meeting, please contact me at (406) 446-4520 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


On Scene Coordinator

Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests