November 26, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A multi-agency state panel studying uranium mining in Virginia conducts its final public meeting Tuesday before submitting its report to legislators in December.
The Uranium Working Group meeting is scheduled to review statutory and regulatory changes that would be required if a 30-year ban on uranium mining is ended so a mining company can tap a 119-milllion-pound deposit of the radioactive ore in Southside Virginia.
The Richmond meeting is also expected to examine emergency preparedness and response plans, should mining be allowed.
Maureen Matsen is Gov. Bob McDonnell's top energy adviser and spokeswoman for the working group. She said she expects a report to be issued to the General Assembly's Coal and Energy Commission in mid-December. It will not include a recommendation on whether the ban should be lifted.