Press Release | November 5, 2018

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, [email protected], 202-492-0659


                                                                                                                                                Virginia Argues for Maintaining Longstanding Uranium Mining Ban


Washington, DC— Today the United States Supreme Court heard argument from the Commonwealth of Virginia in support of its 35-year old statewide ban on uranium mining, which is being challenged by Virginia Uranium, Inc. in hopes of exploiting uranium-rich land in rural Virginia. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a brief supporting Virginia on behalf of the Roanoke River Basin Association, Dan River Basin Association, and Piedmont Environmental Council. 

“The people of Virginia made a decision to prohibit an activity that poses severe risks to the public’s health, natural landscape, and economic diversity of communities in Virginia,” said Mark Sabath, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.  “The federal government and the courts should respect that decision.”





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Mark Sabath

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