Virginia Uranium Debate Heats Up

The dispute over whether or not to mine uranium ore in rural southern Virginia heats up this week as a law that would lift the ban on uranium mining will be introduce to the Virginia state legislature. By ending the three-decades long ban on uranium mining in Virginia, the largest known deposit of undeveloped uranium will be open for mining by Virginia Uranium, Inc., the company founded by the owners of the 3,500 acre farm where the uranium deposit lies. Mining would boost the economy of the region and help make the U.S. energy independent. However, environmental lobbyists and many public officials and citizens across Virginia worry about pollution and radioactive contamination in the water supply.

The proposed mining plan has people fiercely divided into two sides, for and against the mine. Tell us what you think: pro-mine or anti-mine?

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