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Mining company moving ahead with South Dakota project

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Canadian corporation looking to open a uranium mine in South Dakota, is resuming the permit process with the state, while opponents say the project will ruin the area.

Powertech Industries Inc is a subsidiary of Azarga Uranium based in British Columbia, Canada.

It first began applying for permits and licensing for the project in the southwestern part of the state in 2013.

The Rapid City Journal reported Saturday that the proposed project would use a mining process similar to fracking in which injection wells are used to pump groundwater fortified with oxygen and carbon dioxide into the ore deposits to dissolve uranium.

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