Fate of Va. Uranium Mining Rests with McDonnell

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is now the sole focus of the tug-of-war over uranium mining in Virginia.

Delegate Jackson Miller of Manassas says he's asked the chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee to not bring forward his legislation establishing regulations for uranium mining, meaning it will likely sit in committee past crossover day on Tuesday when bills from one chamber must move on to the other.

Sen. John Watkins withdrew his version of the legislation on Thursday. Watkins then asked McDonnell to direct state agencies to draw up regulations for uranium mining

A spokesman said Friday the governor's position remains unchanged: he's still reviewing the issue.

Anti-mining activists who had been targeting key legislators with emails and telephone calls are now turning their grassroots lobbying effort to McDonnell.

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