Va. county home to uranium deposit backs ban

January 23, 2013

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) The Board of Supervisors in Pittsylvania County is asking Virginia lawmakers to keep in place a moratorium on uranium mining.

The Danville Register & Bee (http://bit.ly/10StlzJl) says supervisors approved the resolution Wednesday.

The General Assembly is considering legislation in Richmond that would end the 1982 ban on uranium mining, which would clear the way for a mining company to tap a 119-million-pound deposit outside of Chatham.

Several members of the board had attempted unsuccessfully several times last year to pass a similar resolution.

The legislation proposed in the General Assembly would limit uranium mining to the Pittsylvania County deposit and the company proposing to mine it, Virginia Uranium Inc.

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Information from: Danville Register & Bee, http://www.registerbee.com

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