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Keep the ban on uranium mining in Virginia

Feeling The Heat On Uranium Mining In VirginiJessie Thomas-Blate, Coordinator, Most Endangered Rivers December 21, 2012 Uranium mining is a hot topic right now in Virginia.  You might remember that American Rivers listed the Roanoke River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011 due to a proposed uranium mine.  Since that time, the Virginia legislature has been talking about whether or not to lift a 30-year ban on uranium mining in Virginia. 

Recently, the Virginia Pilot’s Editorial Board issued a clear and concise summary of recent activity with this issue.  Their ultimate conclusion is key— that the local taxpayers will ultimately have to shoulder the burden of maintaining the radioactive waste from this mine in perpetuity.  Thirty years or so of mine production is not worth thousands of years of radioactive waste maintenance.  The Roanoke Times Editorial Board agrees.……

The fight is not over.

  • If you are a resident of Virginia, tell your legislator that you care too much about the Roanoke River and the water it supplies to thousands of area residents to allow the ban on uranium mining to be lifted!  Also, you can sign this petition from Keep The Ban to retain the momentum on this important issue.

If you would like to have more information before forming your own opinion on this issue, Keep The Ban has compiled a list of scientific studies to examine the issue of uranium mining in Virginia.  http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/jblate-20121221-feeling-the-heat-on-uranium-mining-in-virginia.html

December 24, 2012 - Posted by | opposition to nuclear, Uranium, USA

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