Uranium Mining Possible In New State Energy Plan

September 3, 2007

A state energy plan being developed by Governor Kaine's administration renews prospects of uranium mining in Virginia's Piedmont, a practice that has been barred by a 25-year-old moratorium.

Governor Kaine's administration is scheduled to release the energy plan later this month. A 2006 law directed the department to oversee development of a plan to ensure that the state has adequate and reliable energy sources.

A proposal to mine a uranium deposit near Chatham in the early 1980s generated controversy because of concerns that radioactive milling waste, a result of processing, would pollute the environment.

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