Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What Gives With Daugaard And His Inconsistent Approach To Regulating South Dakota's Environment?

     Queried by the Rapid City Journal this morning as to whether South Dakota should re-examine the 2008
An Abandoned Uranium Mine In The Black Hills
Such A Pretty Sight, Hey?
(photo from sdsmt.uranium.edu)
move to weaken its environmental regulatory laws, Governor Daugaard came up with a head-scratcher of an answer.  
The 2008 action by South Dakota's legislature to weaken its regulatory oversight of proposed in situ uranium mining operations in the Black Hills has long been criticized as a giveaway of South Dakota's inherent right to be involved in decisions affecting our state's environment.  Daugaard told the Journal today that "I don't like the notion that the state duplicates federal regulation.  So to the extent that the Atomic Energy Commission or the EPA is looking at this, I think we should let it run its course.  I don't think it makes sense to disregard scietists, simply because they are not from our neighborhood."  
In Situ Uranium Mine In Australia.
(photo from decarbonisesa.com)

     Besides wondering why Daugaard doesn't know that the Atomic Energy Commission was dissoved 40 years ago, I find his statement to be not only outrageous on the face of it, but completely at odds with his loudly trumpeted resolution that was passed by the Western Governor's Association last June.  Quoting from Daugaard's press release dated last June 13, Daugaard said that "states should be treated as co-regulators of the environment."  Get that?  "States should be treated as co-regulators of the environment."   This is a position I strongly endorse, along with the many outstanding stewards of South Dakota's soil and water (aka ranchers and farmers) who are rightfully fed up with constant EPA intrusion and enforcement of laws that are unnecessary and burdensome as applied to situations that are unique to South Dakota. 
In Situ Mine In Czech Republic
Sure Blends In, Doesn't It?
(photo from Wikipedia.com)(

The Southern Hills.  Leave 'Em Alone.
Uranium Mine?  We Don't Need No Stinkin' Uranium Mine.
(photo from chspineneedle.com)  P.S. Way to go, Central Cobblers!
     I'm certain that Governor Daugaard is of the same frame of mind, which makes me wonder why on earth he isn't applying that principle to analyses of water quality and contamination issues regarding the proposed uranium mine in the southern Hills. Sounds to me like Daugaard is abandoning his insistence on our state being a "co-regulator" by taking an a priori position that South Dakota would be "duplicating" federal regulations based on outside scientific
 An In Situ Mine In Nearby Crawford, NE, 2012
Good Grief.  Somebody Wants To Do This To The Black Hills?  Yecch.
(photo from The Rapid City Journal 12/23/12)
analysis. After rejecting EPA science as the final word on environmental regulations in South Dakota, Daugaard is suddenly willing to accept the science of federal regulators when it comes to uranium mining? This is about as consistent as baloney.   


  1. I read that this morning and thought of you first thing. Enjoyed and agree with your editorial.

  2. Some where I read where someone does this SITU mining down by Crawford, NE. The article I read thought it was great, no harm. Just wondering if you have heard or know about this?

    1. Thanks for reminding me to post a picture of that mine in Crawford, Dallis. You can see it above.

  3. Mr "T,"
    You are finally catching on to Daugaard's double talk? I would commend you; but, you are at least several years past the point you should have caught on to the old Chicago lawyer.

    Daugaard comes from, and employs the same, Chicago politics just like his honest liberal twin Barack Obama.

    Daugaard can't get away with being the "honest" up front love big government politician like Pres. Obama so he claims not to but builds more govt at every juncture after making a pretense of cutting it.