A report from the National Academy of Sciences about whether uranium can be safely mined in Virginia is heading to state lawmakers. Unfortunately, it leaves many questions unanswered about the industry.
The report follows a two-year study of the possible impacts of uranium mining. Supporters say it would bring jobs and revenue, but opponents worry about potential health and environmental risks.
The study warns that Virginia will need as many as five to eight years to prepare a regulatory system for mining. Opponents say the report raises too many questions to move forward with ending Virginia's 30-year ban on uranium mining.
Supporters disagree, saying those questions could be answered if state regulators developed a new framework.
Lawmakers could take up legislation on the mining ban as soon as next month.