Proposed East Coast uranium mine dividing Va.

Associated Press
Proposed East Coast uranium mine dividing Va.

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 27 - Virginia Uranium Inc. project manager, Patrick Wales, operates a geiger counter in a hole next the road at the of south field of a uranium deposit on the Cole Hill farm Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 in Chatham, Va. A three-decade ban on uranium mining in Virginia has put the richest known deposit of the radioactive ore in the U.S. off limits to mining. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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