RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —
Legislators, business leaders and medical professionals from Southside Virginia are asking the General Assembly to take no action in the 2012 session on a 30-year-old state ban on uranium mining.
Known collectively as the Virginia Coalition and the Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia, they made the appeal Wednesday at a news conference in Richmond.
They said Virginia legislators have not had enough time to fully analyze a series of reports on uranium mining. They also asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to establish a study panel to review all the reports and make a recommendation.
Virginia Uranium Inc. has proposed mining a 119-million pound deposit in Pittsylvania County. The General Assembly is expected to consider lifting the ban but the bill-filing deadline for the 2012 session is days away.
Virginia Uranium responded to the Richmond News Conference with a statement from Project Manager Patrick Wales Wednesday afternoon....