Uranium Mining In Virginia Faces Oppposition From Enviro Groups | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Uranium Mining In Virginia Faces Oppposition From Enviro Groups

Play associated audio

The uranium companies argue mining would create jobs. But a consortium of anti-uranium mining groups is stepping up a campaign to inform residents and lawmakers about the risks.

Even if the mining were confined to Pittsylvania County, members of the "Keep the Ban" coalition say it would still have negative impacts on the entire region. Naomi Hodge-Muse says, for instance, Martinsville is just 20 miles from the proposed mining area.

"There is just too many questions of potential risk of radioactive and toxic materials contaminating our streams, rivers, and drinking water," says Hodge-Muse.

Virginia Beach residents are concerned since the city’s drinking water comes from Lake Gaston -- downstream from the site.

The coalition says the mining industry is pushing to get the ban lifted before studies on the uranium deposits are completed. One of those studies is being conducted by the National Academy of Science, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2011.

NPR

After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.
NPR

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob's burgers.
NPR

Obama Makes Guest Appearance On Modi's Radio Show

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts a radio show and this week his guest was President Barack Obama. They answered questions from a curious Indian public.
NPR

Facebook Suffers Self-Inflicted Outage

A Facebook statement said the disruption was caused by a technical change it made to the site and wasn't a cyberattack. The outage lasted an hour.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.