March 17, 2014
CHATHAM, Va. (AP) -- Virginia lawmakers who will play a critical role in whether Virginia ends a 30-year ban on uranium mining are due in Pittsylvania County on Tuesday.
The Coal and Energy Commission is traveling to Chatham to receive the Uranium Working Group's report.
On Nov. 30, the multi-agency group submitted to Gov. Bob McDonnell its assessment on a range of issues -- regulatory to environmental -- that Virginia will need to address if the state allows uranium mining. The report did not include a recommendation on whether the ban should be lifted.
The commission said it will not take any action on the report Tuesday. A future meeting will be held in Richmond prior to the start of the 2013 General Assembly, presumably to issue a recommendation on uranium mining.