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Cave Hills draft Environmental Impact Statement

Cave Hills draft Environmental Impact Statement

For those of you who are interested, the following information is being sent regarding the Cave Hills Abandoned Uranium Mines.

Subj:??? DEIS Sioux Oil and Gas Leasing

Enclosed is the web address describing the Riley Pass Uranium Mine. The main document is DEIS: Sioux Oil & Gas Leasing 2003. On page 3.13.217, they state the mine should be on the NPL. On page 3.13.220 they also state the groundwater in the area has been contaminated by radionuclides.


Chapter 3 of the DEIS, the important parts start on 3.13.213 where they are stating that the waste is overburden and not tailings, on page 3.13.220 they state that the oil wells are contaminating the groundwater with radium 226, et al.

The US Forest Service manages the surface while the BLM manages the mineral rights. (So who is responsible?)

Charmaine White Face, Coordinator
Defenders of the Black Hills
PO Box 2003
Rapid City, SD 57709

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