NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Norfolk City Council wants the state to maintain a moratorium on uranium mining to protect the city's water supply.
reports that the council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday calling for the moratorium to continue.
Virginia Beach approved a similar resolution in June.
Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to mine a uranium deposit it estimates at 119 million pounds in Chatham.
Norfolk officials are concerned that the mining operations could threaten Lake Gaston, a source of the city's drinking water.
Norfolk director of utilities Kristen Lentz told the council that the mining would be done near a river that feeds the lake.