River Commission Wants Uranium Ban To Remain
BOYDTON, Va. (AP) â¿¿ A commission composed of legislators from Virginia and North Carolina is urging Virginia to keep a 30-year ban on uranium mining in place.
The resolution was approved Monday by the Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission, an advisory panel that makes recommendations to government officials on the use and stewardship of the Roanoke River Basin.
Andrew Lester of the Roanoke River Basin Association praised the commission, saying the "stigma" of uranium mining would be harmful to the region's agricultural and tourism industry in Southside Virginia.
Virginia Uranium Inc. is seeking to end the ban so it can mine one of the richest deposits of the radioactive ore in the world. The Chatham company maintains the Pittsylvania County deposit can be mined and milled safely.
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