If the General Assembly votes to lift the ban on permits and create regulations for mining uranium ore, it will then be up to state, federal and county authorities, including the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, to decide whether or not to issue permits for mining the Coles Hill deposit.However, even the opposition is confident that mining at the project will proceed once the moratorium is lifted. Nathan Lott, executive director of the Virginia Conservation Network, a coalition of environmental groups, conceded, “[y]ou don't create an expansive regulatory regime unless you have the intent to mine," as per a report by Rex Springston of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Virginia's Coles Hill Uranium Deposit Faces Crucial Vote As Russia Takes Uranium One
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