Uranium study likely to be adopted

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State Del. Terry R. Kilgore, R-Scott County, announced Tuesday that the state’s Coal and Energy Commission would meet Nov. 6 and likely approve a study of uranium mining in Virginia.

Kilgore, who is chairman of the commission, said the study would look at all aspects of uranium mining, and said the U.S. needs to find independent sources of energy.

“We know that Virginia has a significant, high-quality uranium deposit and as Virginians and Americans, we have a responsibility to study the feasibility of mining it safely,” Kilgore said in a written statement. “The Coal and Energy Commission conducted a similar study in the (’80s) and deals regularly with mining issues; it is the commonwealth’s repository of mining expertise and the right entity to conduct this study.”

A study on uranium mining was tabled by the General Assembly this year. Virginia Uranium Inc., which owns land with a significant deposit of uranium, supports a study on mining uranium. It has been banned in Virginia since the 1980s. (Danville Register & Bee)

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