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Madison Aquifer Levels 2000-2008

As we have been objecting to Powertech Uranium Mining Companies plans for many years, we have researched the Historical Aquifer Levels of the Madison Aquifer. Powertech plans on taking out 551 gals per minute from the Madison. This same aquifer is used by Rapid City and many people in Pennington County.

From a US Geological Survey Study near Jackson Springs, located on the western edge of Rapid City, the Madison aquifer dropped thirty feet from the year 2000 to 2008. That is a considerable drop in a water level and should alarm everyone. How much has it continued to go down in the past 4 years, especially with the drought?

If Powertech is allowed to take water out of the Madison, it will also affect the Dakota aquifer which is used all over Eastern South Dakota. It will not just affect western South Dakota. The Madison aquifer refills the Dakota aquifer. For our complete explanation of this, go to denr.sd.gov/powertech/WhiteFacePetition.pdf

This project if permitted will harmfully affect the whole state.

Madison Aquifer levels 2000-2008

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"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

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