March 15, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Uranium Working Group has one more public meeting before it submits its findings on uranium mining to legislators.
The panel created by Gov. Bob McDonnell is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Richmond for its sixth public meeting. The working group submits a report to legislators next month.
The multi-agency group will not issue a recommendation on whether Virginia should end its 30-year ban on uranium mining. Instead, it will examine an array of issues related to uranium mining, from worker safety to a regulatory framework that would oversee this new mining industry.
Virginia Uranium Inc. has proposed mining a 119-million-pound deposit of the radioactive ore in Southside Virginia.
The proposal has been met by opposition by those who believe it can't be done safely.