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PUBLIC SAFETY CLOSURE ORDER IN EFFECT

Sioux Ranger District
P.O. Box 37
Camp Crook, SD 57724

Riley Pass mine waste contains hazardous substances including arsenic, molybdenum, thorium, radium and uranium.  Due to the human health, safety and environmental concerns related to elevated levels of these substances, the Forest Supervisor has closed the bluffs and some adjacent to all public entry through a special order.  The special order has been placed on signs in the Riley Pass area and throughout the North Cave Hills.  The order and closure maps are also available upon request.



March 2013 Riley Pass Newsletter, Page 10

 

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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