Uranium mining focus of Southside Va. meeting

Uranium mining to bring key lawmakers to Southside Virginia meeting

Associated Press

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) -- A multi-agency study group's report on uranium mining in Virginia is up for questioning in the county where a mining company wants to tap a 119-million-pound deposit of the ore.

The Coal and Energy Commission is meeting jointly Tuesday with its uranium mining subcommittee in Pittsylvania County. The Chatham meeting will also include members of the Uranium Working Group, which submitted a report to Gov. Bob McDonnell on Nov. 30 on various aspects of uranium mining.

The report did not include a recommendation on the state's 30-year ban but it did lay out a regulatory structure that would need to be in place if uranium mining were to occur.

The issue is headed to the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

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