Uranium Mining Takes Center Stage in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The debate over uranium mining in Virginia is expected to be on full display as the Coal and Energy Commission takes up the issue in Richmond.

The panel of House and Senate members is expected to offer a recommendation Monday on whether the General Assembly should begin developing regulations for uranium mining. The legislature convenes on Wednesday.

Before the commission's meeting, opponents and proponents of uranium mining have scheduled dueling news conferences to stake out their positions.

The commission's chairman, Delegate Terry Kilgore, also says he'll allow both sides to address the issue for about 15 minutes each.

Virginia Uranium Inc. has proposed tapping a 119-million-pound deposit of the ore in Pittsylvania County. First, however, the legislature must act on the 1982 ban on uranium mining.

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