Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to ask the 2012 General Assembly to leave the state's ban on uranium mining in place is receiving a mixed reception.
Virginia Uranium Inc. welcomed the news on Thursday. The company that wants to mine a 119-million-pound uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County says McDonnell's decision to seek a regulatory framework for mining and milling the ore is an important step to ensuring it operates the "safest uranium mine in the world."
But the Virginia League of Conservation Voters said the governor is undercutting the General Assembly in a matter that should be decided by the legislature.
The General Assembly was expected to vote on the 30-year ban in this session. The prospect of passage was not known.