The chairman of a science-based panel studying uranium mining in Virginia says hours of testimony from opponents and proponents have helped committee members better understand the issue.
Paul A. Locke leads the National Academy of Sciences study assessing the statewide impact of uranium mining.
While science isn't a popularity contest, Locke said public comments heard at meetings in Richmond and Danville are important. He said they help committee members understand the bigger picture.
Virginia has had a 29-year ban on uranium mining. The biggest deposit in the United States is located in Southside Virginia.
The NAS study is likely to be key if the General Assembly considers lifting the moratorium.
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