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Virginia Governor Puts Brakes On Uranium Mining Permit

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell( R) is asking the General Assembly to continue Virginia's 30-year ban on uranium mining.

McDonnell wants state lawmakers to hold off on any action permitting uranium mining while a newly created multi-agency workgroup conducts a study on the efficacy and safety of the industry. 

The ban has been a subject of debate in Richmond because of an intense lobbying effort by Virginia Uranium Inc. The company is seeking permission to mine a 119 million-pound uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County, Va. 

In a statement, the governor says "public safety must be the primary factor in the ultimate determination" on uranium mining. He also says while allowing uranium mining could mean the creation of high-paying jobs, Virginia must make sure mining would not impair the health of residents, or the condition of our environment.

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