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Uranium Mining Poses Serious Threat to Roanoke River Basin


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Today the Roanoke River was included in American Rivers' 26th annual list of the 10 most endangered waterways in America.  American Rivers says lifting the ban on uranium mining would threaten the Roanoke River as well as drinking water supplies in the region with radioactive pollution and toxic chemicals.

The river flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia to North Carolina's Outer Banks.  It provides drinking water to more than one million people in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and other communities.  Raleigh, North Carolina has also expressed need to use water from the basin.

The River is also a center of tourism and cultural heritage for the region.  Once a passageway for the Native Americans and early European settlers, it is now enjoyed by local and visitors who enjoy trout fishing, kayaking, swimming and so much more.