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Raising Drinking-Water Concerns About Proposed VA Uranium Mine

By: STEVE SZKOTAK - Associated Press Writer
By: STEVE SZKOTAK - Associated Press Writer

A Virginia Beach study that raises drinking-water concerns about a proposed uranium mine in Southside Virginia has been presented to a National Academy of Sciences panel meeting in Richmond.

The study submitted Monday concludes that an extraordinary weather event could flush radioactive contaminants into water used by Virginia Beach residents. Virginia's largest city voted in December 2008 to oppose uranium mining.

Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to tap the largest uranium deposit in the United States. A company official said the Virginia Beach study was based on a "highly unlikely scenario."

The uranium study committee will hear from state officials during its Monday afternoon session.

The panel is studying the statewide impact of ending a 1982 state ban on uranium mining.

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