Statewide Implications

In the 1980s, uranium mining leases were acquired in Fauquier, Culpeper, and Orange counties. While these leases have expired, if the ban is lifted it will be lifted statewide and these areas could be reconsidered for mining. If uranium is mined in Fauquier County, Virginia’s wet climate could cause waste and mining facilities to be overwhelmed, causing radioactive waste to contaminate the Occoquan River, a main drinking water intake for Fairfax County.

In 2011, the Associated Press quoted Susan Hall, of the U.S. Geological Survey: “A common scenario in mineral exploration is that a large discovery such as Coles Hill is followed by an influx of exploration companies who comb the countryside and discover additional deposits”

In February 2011, in a presentation to London investors, a Virginia Uranium, Inc., executive described how the Pittsylvania County deposit was discovered in the late 1970s, and added:  “And talking to the lead geologist, he is insistent to this day that Coles Hill is the first of more major discoveries in Virginia ….”

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