News | February 1, 2013

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 multi-year battle that included intensive industry lobbying, multiple scientific and economic studies, and fierce opposition from a uniquely diverse coalition, SELC and its allies in the Keep the Ban Coalition applauded the General Assembly's move – yet pleadged to remain vigilant over concerns that mining proponents might still seek to use “back door” political tricks, such as budget amendments, to pursue its agenda.

 Read more in the press release.