Opponents: Va. Uranium Bill Doomed in Committee

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Opponents of uranium mining in Virginia say they have the votes in a Senate committee to block legislation that would effectively end a decades-old state moratorium on mining the radioactive ore.

They said Tuesday the vote won't even be close.

The predictions are coming from the Virginia Coalition, the Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Sen. John Watkins' legislation is scheduled to be heard Thursday by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. He did not immediately return a message left with his office by The Associated Press to respond to the dire predictions for his bill.

Virginia Uranium Inc. wants the General Assembly to end the 1982 mining ban so it can tap a 119-million-pound deposit of the ore in Pittsylvania County.


WHSV.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WHSV-TV3
50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

WSVF Public Inspection File

Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 188934761 - whsv.com/a?a=188934761