County home to uranium deposit backs ban
posted Jan 23 2013 4:56PM
CHATHAM, Va. (AP) - The Board of Supervisors in Pittsylvania County is asking Virginia lawmakers to keep in place a moratorium on uranium mining.
The supervisors approved the resolution Wednesday.
The General Assembly is considering legislation in Richmond that would end the 1982 ban on uranium mining, which would clear the way for a mining company to tap a 119-million-pound deposit outside of Chatham.
Several members of the board had attempted unsuccessfully several times last year to pass a similar resolution.
The legislation proposed in the General Assembly would limit uranium mining to the Pittsylvania County deposit and the company proposing to mine it, Virginia Uranium Inc