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Virginia Uranium dumps its Coles Hill project

burial.uranium-industryAmid fierce political opposition, US uranium miner suspends mine plans, Ana Komnenic | December 15, 2013 A uranium miner has given up on mining one of the world’s largest known uranium deposits in Virginia – for now.

Virginia Uranium has plans to develop the Coles Hill deposit in Pittsylvania County.According to the Associated Press, the site contains an estimated 119-million-pounds of uranium.

But Virginia has a decades-long ban on uranium mining and the Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe has fiercely opposed attempts to change this legislation and said he would veto any pro-uranium bills.Faced with this major political hurdle, Virginia Uranium told the Associated Press on Saturday that it would “not back the introduction of uranium mining legislation in the 2014 session of the General Assembly.”

The company cited the Governor-Elect’s opposition as a “significant challenge” to the project……

Environmental group Sierra Club has applauded McAuliffe for his opposition, publishing an article this week thanking the Governor.

Earlier this year McAuliffe stated that he was “not comfortable” enough with the science to say that he believed his community would be safe.

“I’m afraid it would get into the drinking water,” he said……


December 17, 2013 - Posted by | business and costs, opposition to nuclear, Uranium, USA


  1. Thanks for the great drawing. The so call “local” uranium company (really Canadian: Virginia Energy Resources, said they were not asing the General Assembly in VA for a bill. VUI has not given up but just slowed down because of the price of uranium is so slow plus they have no money – YEAH. A small victory for us fighting uranium mining but we not stop. We will watch every move they make….cannot be trusted! Again, A great picture!

    Comment by Deborah Dix | December 18, 2013 | Reply

  2. I am assuming that you have never attended college and that you are a closed-minded individual. Research the mining science and you must concluded that mining would be safe as well as economically beneficial to the region.

    Comment by Theodore | December 18, 2013 | Reply

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