Thursday, June 10, 2010

Supervisors: No mining or milling at mega park; Board adopts resolution recommending covenant (uranium leases at Mega Park)

By TIM DAVIS/Star-Tribune Editor
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:07 AM EDT

After repeatedly rejecting a ban on uranium mining at the Berry Hill Road "mega" industrial park, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors reversed course Monday night.

Supervisors voted 7-0 to adopt at resolution asking that a restrictive covenant prohibiting "mining and milling" of any kind be placed on the mega park.

The resolution will be sent to the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facilities Authority, which owns and controls the mega park.

The county and city, acting through the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Industrial Facilities Authority, have spent about $13 million for 4,000 acres off Route 58, west of Danville.

Officials plan to develop a state-certified "mega" industrial park, with both localities sharing expenses and revenue.

The authority, which is drawing up covenants - or deed restrictions - for the mega park, is composed of members of Danville City Council and the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.

County members include Westover District Supervisor Coy Harville and Chatham-Blairs District Supervisor Henry "Hank" Davis Jr., the board's chairman.

City representatives include Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders and City Councilman David Luther.

The latest vote came in May after the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission voted to require the county to refund approximately $13.1 million if uranium is mined at the mega park.

"The $13.1 million the tobacco commission invested is for manufacturing jobs," said Marshall. "It wasn't to go out and mine uranium.

Staunton River District Supervisor Marshall Ecker, Dan River District Supervisor James Snead and Davis voted for the ban in May.

Callands-Gretna District Supervisor Fred Ingram, Banister District Supervisor William Pritchett, Harville and Barber voted against it.

The regional authority has twice refused to consider a ban on uranium mining and milling at the mega park.

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