RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A state panel examining the prospect of uranium mining in Virginia met with critics who feel the process is not sufficiently transparent, leaving a few still skeptical.
Members of the Uranium Working Group met Wednesday with environmental groups and others who have concerns about how the group is conducting its business.
Leaders of the panel insisted they are committed to openness.
After the meeting, several in attendance said they weren't satisfied. One suggested the committee include critics on the panel. The suggestion did not elicit a response.
The group was formed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to look at the safety of mining a 119-million-pound deposit of the radioactive ore in Pittsylvania County. It also is examining a possible regulatory framework for uranium mining.
Virginia has a ban on uranium mining.