Groups join Virginia to defend ban on uranium mining

U.S. Supreme Court to take up case of decades-old ban

A farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. (© Cat McCue)

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 Commonwealth of Virginia’s case to uphold its ban on uranium mining.

Virginia has the right to determine what kind of industrial activity is best for its communities,” said SELC attorney Will Cleveland. “A uranium industry in southern Virginia would stifle new business and threaten existing businesses, all the while degrading the environment and increasing health risks for people living nearby.”

Virginia’s ban on uranium mining was established in 1982. In 2007 Virginia Uranium, Inc. launched several attempts to exploit a uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County, in southern Virginia.

The company has consistently failed to circumvent the ban through legislation or legal action and has met opposition at every turn from local government, business, health and environmental groups.

This last-resort appeal to the Supreme Court comes after a 2017 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to uphold the uranium ban in Virginia.

Argument in the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled for November 5.

More News

2019 trends making and braking rooftop solar in the South

Solar is booming across the South as more homeowners turn to clean, affordable rooftop solar to meet their energy needs, and as state policy make...

Hikes that have our hearts at Shenandoah Mountain

Rugged trails, sparkling lakes, forest covered mountains, crystal trout streams, rocky cliffs. This is what makes Virginia’s Shenandoah Mountain...

SELC goes Above & Beyond to protect our health and environment

This has been an impressive year of results, even by the Southern Environ­mental Law Center’s historically high standards. Our solar initiative i...

Google permit to triple its freshwater use upsets S.C. neighbors

A request from internet giant Google to siphon up to 1.5 million gallons of water per day from a Berkeley County aquifer that provides drinking w...

Virginia’s already-approved program to cut carbon emissions needs budget restriction lifted

When it comes to addressing climate change caused by carbon emissions in Virginia, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that...

Cut Virginia Carbon

Virginians, we have the power to ensure clean air, protect health, and build a healthy economy in our state.  By signing the petition below, you...

More Stories