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Key Faith Group to Mobilize Members Behind Keeping Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban


Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group has announced it will put its weight behind keeping Virginia’s ban on uranium mining:

Officials at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy say they will be mobilizing activists across the state to lobby the General Assembly to continue a moratorium on uranium mining in the state.

Trieste Lockwood, director of the group’s power and light program, said that mining could harm drinking water, residents’ health and the economy by damaging agricultural, tourism and fishing industries if there is an accident.

Tests indicate that about 119 million pounds of uranium are located in Coles Hill, near Chatham, a small town in Pittsylvania County. A company pushing to mine the uranium, Virginia Uranium, says that it could be worth as much as $10 billion.

The financial gain of one corporation is really simply not worth the longterm risks to so many people,” Lockwood said.

And what about the review of existing data some skittish General Assembly members say they’re waiting for before making any decisions?

We do not believe an unbiased study exists that suggests uranium is no longer radioactive and no longer has severe health consequences,” she said.

For more on why Virginia’s uranium mining ban is just as necessary today as it was when first implemented decades ago, check out KeepTheBan.org or read this excellent article by the Virginia Sierra Club’s Mary Rafferty.  

  • glennbear

    Watch out for strange intercession on the federal level to help lift the ban. Henry Hurt, father of Robert Hurt VA-5 is a partner in Virginia Uranium. VU recently addressed the August meeting of the Lake Gaston Association and when pressed for a commitment to have all tailings stored underground their rep refused to commit and shortly thereafter left the meeting citing a “previous engagement”.

  • blue bronc

    Okay, that is now a laugh line for Progressives.

    Not enough money to bribe the legislators. The smart legislators will now start saying a few wavering things and viola – more money in their pockets campaign coffers. Maybe there is no more Uranium left out in the deserts of the West and the only place on earth to find it is in Virginia?

    Fracking leads to gas burning out of faucets. Uranium lets everybody enjoy that soft green glow – of their corpses.