Pennington County OKs new regulations for mining operations

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Pennington County commissioners have approved a new ordinance intended to regulate mining operations in the southwestern South Dakota county. Some citizens don't think the changes go far enough.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the new rules increase groundwater monitoring provisions and gives commissioners the right to request greater setbacks.

However, commissioners did not make any changes related to the transfer of mining permits. Some citizens wanted the ordinance to require a public hearing before the county's planning commission or board of commissioners before transfers are approved, as well as public notice of the transfers.

Attorney Michael Hickey, who represents citizens who favor more regulation, says he and his clients will discuss putting the issue up for referral.

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