"We do share the waterway and we live downstream from this issue," said Mike Pucci, a former pharmaceutical executive who has a home on the shore of Lake Gaston. He said Virginia Uranium should be mindful of a future class action if mining moves ahead.

"This is not a threat. This is just reality," he said.

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Steve Szkotak can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sszkotakap.

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