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Supreme Court upholds Virginia’s ban on uranium mining

Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren, upholding Virginia’s 37-year-old uranium mining ban. The ban had been challenged by Virginia Uranium, which sought to mine a large uranium deposit in Pittsyl...

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Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Ban on Uranium Mining

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The United States Supreme Court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to invalidate Virginia’s 37-year-old ban on uranium mining in the Commonwealth. “We have long supported Virginia’s decision to protect its...

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Virginia Argues for Maintaining Longstanding Uranium Mining Ban

Press Statement from the Southern Environmental Law Center For Immediate Release: Monday, November 5, 2018 Contact: Mark Sabath, Senior Attorney, [email protected]; 434-977-4090               Claudine McElwain, Communications Manager,...

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Groups Join Virginia to Defend Ban on Uranium Mining

Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center For Immediate Release: Tuesday September 4, 2018 Contact: Will Cleveland, [email protected], 434-977-4090                Claudine McElwain, [email protected], 434-218-1960   ...

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Groups join Virginia to defend ban on uranium mining

Today SELC, on behalf of Roanoke River Basin Association, Dan River Basin Association and the Piedmont Environmental Council, filed an amicus curiae brief, or “friend of the court” brief with the United States Supreme Court, supporting the Commonweal...

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Federal court upholds Virginia’s ban on uranium mining

It’s 35 years and counting now that Virginia has vigorously defended a ban on uranium mining. In a legal win for the Commonwealth and communities in Southern Virginia, a federal court upheld a ruling to throw out a suit brought by Virginia Uranium,...

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SELC defending Virginia uranium mining ban against repeated industry attacks

As Virginia Uranium, Inc. continues refusing to take no for an answer, SELC and our partners, the Dan River Basin Association and the Roanoke River Basin Association, remain engaged in protecting Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. The company, which...

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SELC applauds court decision to uphold VA uranium mining ban

Today the U.S. District Court in Danville, VA tossed out the Virginia Uranium, Inc. (VUI) lawsuit challenging the legality of Virginia’s 33-year-old statutory ban on uranium mining. The decision affirmed the state’s authority to regulate uranium...

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Community Groups Applaud Court Decision to Uphold Uranium Mining Ban

Danville, VA—Today the U.S. District Court in Danville, VA tossed out the Virginia Uranium, Inc. (VUI) lawsuit challenging the legality of Virginia’s 33-year-old statutory ban on uranium mining.   The decision affirmed the state’s authority to...

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Conservation groups weigh in to preserve Virginia ban on uranium mining

SELC filed a brief this week on behalf of the Roanoke River Basin Association and the Dan River Basin Association defending against an industry challenge to Virginia’s 33-year-old statutory ban on uranium mining.   Last August, Virginia Uranium,...

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Supporters of Virginia uranium ban rally against new threat

The Roanoke River Basin Association and the Dan River Basin Association, represented by SELC, filed a motion on Friday to join the Virginia Attorney General in maintaining the state’s longstanding ban on uranium mining. A new attack on the ban, in...

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Uranium mining in Virginia still a bad idea

A company’s defeated efforts to overturn Virginia’s longstanding ban on uranium mining took a surprising turn last week, as the company actually sued the state with the outlandish legal claim that the moratorium —on the books since 1982—is suddenly...

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Uranium mining shelved in Virginia—for now

Facing political realities, the company that has been pushing to develop a uranium mine in southern Virginia has put its plans on hold. That should bring a sigh of relief to the 1.1 million people in Virginia and North Carolina whose water supplies...

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Governor-Elect Takes Strong Stance on Uranium Ban

Within days after his election in November 2013, Virginia Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe stated unequivocal support for Virginia's longstanding ban on uranium mining. SELC Virginia Office Director Cale Jaffe submitted a letter to the Governor-Elect...

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Keep the Ban Coalition Spearheads Successful Ad Campaign in Southern Virginia

Over the last several weeks, SELC and its Keep the Ban coalition partners have run ads in the Danville Register & Bee and Chatham Star-Tribune extolling the environmental and economic assets of Southern Virginia that could be compromised should the...

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Governor urged to uphold uranium mining moratorium

Following the defeat of legislation to lift Virginia's longstanding ban on uranium mining in January 2013, some are now pressuring Gov. Bob McDonnell to circumvent the General Assembly and develop mining regulations outside of the legislative...

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Legislation to Lift Virginia’s Longstanding Uranium Ban Fails

Legislation introduced in 2013 to lift Virginia’s longstanding uranium mining ban has been pulled due to lack of support after a groundswell of opposition from local governments and business, environmental, and public health groups. After a...

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Broad Coalition of Groups Applauds General Assembly’s Rejection of Legislation to Lift Virginia’

After a multi-year battle that included intensive industry lobbying, multiple scientific and economic studies, and fierce opposition from a uniquely diverse coalition, a legislative effort to lift Virginia’s longstanding ban on uranium mining has...

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Support Grows to Maintain Virginia’s Longstanding Uranium Ban

Controversial efforts to lift Virginia’s 30-year ban on uranium mining have met with growing opposition in recent days as leading legislators, municipalities and utilities, and newspapers have taken stances in support of the ban. In the past two...

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Press Statement on Behalf of the Keep The Ban Coalition on Release of the 2012 Uranium Working Group

Today the Governor's internal Uranium Working Group released its report on what regulations in Virginia might look like if the General Assembly votes to repeal the state's longstanding ban on uranium mining. There have already been several reports...

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SELC and Former DEQ Director Bob Burnley Respond to Gov. McDonnell’s Announcement on Uranium Minin

Today, Governor McDonnell announced that he will ask the General Assembly not to take any action this legislative session on uranium mining. Bob Burnley, the former director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, responded, "It is...

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NAS Report Validates Major Environmental, Health Concerns Raised by Uranium Mining Opponents

The long-awaited report issued by the National Academy of Sciences today echoes numerous pitfalls with potential uranium mining, milling and waste disposal in the Commonwealth that many concerned Virginians have expressed in past months. The...

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Long-awaited National Academy of Sciences report released

The National Academy of Sciences today released along-awaited report examining the scientific, technical, environmental, human health and safety, and regulatory aspects of uranium mining, milling, and processing as they relate to the Commonwealth of...

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Socioeconomic report on uranium mining does not alleviate human health, environmental concerns

A report released today on the economic impacts of the proposed Coles Hill uranium mine and mill found that while the project could produce benefits for Southside Virginia, the risks and rewards “are not balanced.”  Under a worst-case scenario,...

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Uranium mining threat puts Roanoke River on America’s “10 Most Endangered Rivers”

The threat of proposed uranium mining, milling and waste disposal at a site in the Roanoke River basin in southern Virginia has earned the river a spot on a list of America's 10 most endangered rivers, issued annually by the national American Rivers...

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Roanoke River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

*** NOTE: For downloadable b-roll files, logos, locator maps and photos, contact Cat McCue, (434) 977-4090,  [email protected]  Watch a video on the issue *** Lifting a state-wide ban on uranium mining would threaten the Roanoke River and other...

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Over 100 Virginians Expected to Tell Meeting of National Science Panel to “Keep the Ban” on Uranium

More than 100 citizens from around the Commonwealth were expected to turn out today for a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) meeting in Richmond to support keeping a statewide ban on uranium mining and milling in Virginia that has been in place for...

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World experts on uranium mining featured at Richmond forum

More than 150 people attended a symposium in Richmond today to hear from five experts from around the world on the human, environmental and economic impacts of uranium mining. The experts have witnessed first-hand the operations and impacts of...

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