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Uranium Mining Prospect Puts VA River on Endangered List

The prospect of uranium mining in Southside Virginia has put the Roanoke River on a list of the nation's most endangered waterways.

American Rivers included the Roanoke and its tributaries Tuesday as it released its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers.

The environmental group said lifting a 1982 Virginia ban on uranium mining would threaten the river and drinking supplies in the region with radioactive pollution and toxic chemicals.

Virginia Uranium Inc. has said it can safely mine the 119 million pound deposit in Pittsylvania County.

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