Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meeting 1: Uranium Mining in Virginia: October 26, 2010 - October 27, 2010

A Hard Rain

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Maybe the NAS should visit Aussie!

Comment:  Please look at the agenda:  “Sponsor Presentation and Federal Agency Presentations" Do you think this will be a fair and balance uranium study?  The Sponsor is Virginia Tech which is funneling the money paid for by Virginia Uranium Inc for the uranium study.  The next presentation is done by the Federal Agency who supports Mountain Top Removal which has ruin 2000 miles of streams in the mountains, the EPA has never enforced their own laws like the Clean Water Act or the Clean Air Act because Mt. Top Removal violates both those laws!  The Federal Agencies are Nuke Pushers and let Nuclear Power Plants regulates themselves, the NRC only get involve until a problem has happen.  So the uranium study done by the NAS appointed members with nuclear and uranium mining relations (like Areva).  We have ask the NAS to pull these members and we have not heard from them.  How come none of the Environmental Groups are not giving Presentations?  No to uranium mining and milling!  Now look at the quoted by Patrick Wales of Virginia Uranium Inc: " We feel and always have felt very strongly that the National Academy of Sciences is a great entity to undertake a study,” Wales said.  Well since VUI paid for the study, what else will you say? 

Project Title: Uranium Mining in Virginia
Major Unit: Division on Earth and Life Studies
Sub Unit: Board on Earth Sciences & Resources
Water Science and Technology Board
RSO: Feary, David

Subject/Focus Area: Earth Sciences

Meeting 1: Uranium Mining in Virginia
October 26, 2010 - October 27, 2010
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open to the public or need more information please contact:
Contact Name: Courtney Gibbs
Phone: 202-334-2744
Fax: 202-334-1377

Draft Agenda (subject to change)

Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Research Council of the National Academies

October 26-27, 2010

Keck Center
National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

Day 1: Tuesday October 26, 2010 ROOM 100

8:00 am -12:30 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and NRC Staff Only]

12:30 pm-5:30 pm OPEN SESSION [Registration Recommended]

12:30-1:30 pm LUNCH

1:30-1:40 pm Welcome and Introductions

Sponsor Presentation
1:40 pm “Sponsor Hopes and Expectations – Sponsor Perspective on the Committee’s Task” Michael Karmis – Virginia Tech

Federal Agency Presentations
2:40 pm “EPA's Regulatory Responsibilities for Uranium Mining and Milling”
Loren Setlow – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

3:40-4.00 pm BREAK

4:00 pm “Management of DOE Uranium Leasing Program”
David Geiser – U.S. Department of Energy

4:30 pm “DOE long-term surveillance and maintenance program for the uranium mill sites” David Geiser – U.S. Department of Energy

5.00-5.30 pm Open Questions and comments
{Sign-up for Public Comments is requested and will be given priority}

5.30 pm ADJOURN

Day 2: Wednesday October 27, 2010 ROOM 101 – (*Note room change)

8:00 am -12:00 pm OPEN SESSION [Registration Recommended]

8:00-8:30 am Breakfast in meeting room
8:30-8:40 am Welcome and Introductions

Federal Agency Presentations
8:40 am “The Uranium Market: A National and Global Perspective”
Scott Sitzer* – DOE-Energy Information Administration and Jim Otton – U.S. Geological Survey

9:10 am “Uranium Deposit Models and Geologic Characterization of Uranium in Virginia” Jim Otton – U.S. Geological Survey
9:40-10:00 am BREAK

10:00 am “Environmental geochemistry at the earliest stages of mine development with a special emphasis on Coles Hill” Bob Seal – U.S. Geological Survey

10:30 “Fate of contaminants in uranium mining and milling environments”
Ed Landa – U.S. Geological Survey

11:00 “Water Resources in the Piedmont of Virginia”
Dave Nelms – U.S. Geological Survey

11:30 Open Comments and Questions
{Sign-up for Public Comments is requested and will be given priority}

12:00-1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm-5:30 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and NRC Staff Only]

*All Proceedings are being recorded and will be posted on the BESR Website (
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