Powertech begins permit hearings
Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
After years of research and exploration, the Dewey-Burdock Powertech (USA), Inc., uranium project will begin the first stages of licensing approval with public hearings this week.
Over the next several weeks, hearings on Powertech’s applications for state permits will begin before the State Water Management Board and the Board of Minerals and Environment, under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Powertech has also applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a federal license and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an underground injection permit, both of which must be obtained before operations can begin.
State law requires a contested case hearing, similar to a civil court trial, to be held. There are approximately 30 formal parties to each case and many more parties that have agreed to participate by making formal statements. At the hearings, the parties present evidence to the boards, similar to the manner in which cases are presented to a judge in court, and witnesses will be called to testify and documents will be offered into evidence. Objections to evidence may be made and all witnesses are subject to cross-examination.
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