PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored deep underground are trying to better explain their intentions to South Dakota residents after getting rebuffed in North Dakota.

Battelle, the nonprofit managing the project, said Thursday it is considering sites in Spink County, South Dakota. The U.S. Energy Department project is meant to help determine whether deep rock is suitable for nuclear waste disposal.

Organizers say the deep borehole field test will not involve any radioactive waste.

Battelle is planning at least two open meetings in Spink County near the end of April to answer questions from the community about the proposed research.

Battelle is also considering two sites outside of South Dakota. Gov. Dennis Daugaard supports the project.

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