Get the Facts

Print the Keep The Ban brochure to give to your friends and neighbors

Background Virginia has a nearly 30-year ban on uranium mining.  Foreign-backed interests are trying to lift the ban so they can mine and process uranium, starting in Southside Virginia.  Drinking water, human health, farmland, property values, wildlife and tourism across Virginia are at risk.

Health risks of radioactive and toxic waste If the ban were lifted, huge amounts of radioactive and toxic waste would be disposed near farmland and local waterways in Virginia, requiring management for centuries to come. Exposure to uranium waste has been linked to increases in leukemia, kidney disease and other severe health problems.

Downstream drinking water impacts Virginia’s wet weather makes uranium production a risky experiment.  Severe weather events – like Hurricane Irene in 2011 — could overwhelm uranium operations.  A recent study predicts a spill at the Coles Hill site could contaminate drinking water for up to two years for Virginia Beach.

Uranium has been found statewide The uranium industry held leases throughout the state in the 1980s, including Occoquan River and Rappahannock River watersheds.  If the ban is lifted, numerous communities could be at risk.

How uranium is mined and milled There are three main ways uranium ore can be extracted. All forms of mining create health risks for mine workers and the general public and may permanently damage the environment.

Comments are closed.