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Rapid City Journal

Dec. 8, 2010

The numerous folks who live around the periphery of the Black Hills are uniquely fortunate to have in the ground beneath them the Madison aquifer, which has a large supply of quality water.

Many communities, including Rapid City, use this source for their water supplies.

The result of the uplift from below that formed the Black Hills is that rock layers have been cracked and fractured so that travel of water from one aquifer to another is quite inevitable.

Also, there are the deep explore holes of old mining which enable this.

When you couple this reality with the added reality that uranium mining inevitably lowers water quality, it becomes remarkable that anyone would even consider allowing such mining in this area.

There are other risks from this mining. We should accept that uranium is not a viable option for our energy problem.

RICHARD L. FORT

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