Sunday, November 21, 2010

Info on Problems of Uranium Mining and Milling!

Comment:  Thanks to AC on the great job on providing us info on problems of uranium mining and milling!

Info on Uranium Mining in Virginia:

1) Technical Report on the Coles Hill Uranium Property: Pittsylvania County: Virginia, by Peter A Christopher, PhD, P.Eng., November 6, 2007.

2) Virginia Uranium Proposal Summary, Feb. 2008 (See above attachment.), by Lilias Jones Jarding, Ph.D., February 2008.

3) Community Concerns Related To Uranium Mining in Virginia, Dec. 2008, Uranium Study Group.* Prepared by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Virginia.
*This study group report is chocked-full of history, reports (Appendix 20: Excerpts of Va Uranium Ltd. Prospectus, Nov. 8, pg. 70-77), letters, maps, etc.

4) Virginia Energy Resources Corporate Presentation (17-page), January 20, 2010.*
This presentation includes: VER's major uranium assets, Coles Hill overview, deposit maps, connection to Va's "Nuclear Heritage," Va Uranium Studies, VER Executive Team, etc.

5) Virginia Energy Independence Alliance website
Please view the website's video: A pro-nuclear/-uranium mining video centered on Pittsylvania Co., Va. (The pro-side has great plans in store for Pittsylvania Co., Va.)

Virginia Uranium Ltd, Sedar, Company reports:

6) Pittsylvania Uranium: A Detailed Timeline, by Linda Goin on May 1, 2009.

Great videos of U Mining and Milling:

"Keep the Ban: Why Uranium Mining is a Bad Idea for Virginia's Environment and Communities," by Kay Slaughter, SELC, March 2, 2010. Great Video!!!

Left in the Dust - uranium mining in Niger, Greenpeace Video. Great Video!!!

You-tube Coles Hill: Is the uranium worth it? By K. Wyatt Scott, May 15, 2010.

Info on Conflict of Interest on the NAS Uranium Mining Study:

Additional information which may be helpful:
Article: Make-up of uranium study panel scrutinized, / August 23, 2010

National Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) letter to the National Academy of Sciences to add its commentary on improving the NAS' Uranium
Mining in Virginia Study.

Article: NAS President, NAE Members Named to Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, by William Kearney, August 11, 2010

Ongoing Studies of Uranium Mining in VA:

National Academy of Science webpage: Project Scope on Uranium Mining in Virginia Study, DELS-BESR-09-06

National Academy of Science webpage: Committee Membership Information, Uranium Mining in Virginia Study, DELS-BESR-09-06

Report on the NAS: Ensuring Independence and Objectivity at The National Academies CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, 2006.
Should we be concerned?

NAS: Study in Progress: Upcoming Report
A citizen liaison, who reports directly to the Executive Director and who is independent of project staff, can be reached at or (800) 842-8813.

Danville Regional Foundation:
Danville Regional Foundation funded study: Proposal Summary: A Socioeconomic Study of Proposed Uranium Mining and Milling in South Central Virginia, June 2010.

Danville Regional Foundation funded study: Proposal Summary: Socioeconomic Impacts of the Proposed Coles Hill Uranium Mine and Mill, June 15, 2010.

Virginia Beach Study Information:
Issues Surrounding Uranium Mining In Pittsylvania Co., Virginia: Virginia Conservation Network Environmental Assembly 2010 (Sept. 18, 2010), by Tom Leahy, P.E., Director of Virginia Beach Public Utilities (PP Presentation)

History of Proposed Uranium Mining in VA:

Marline Leases 1980s:
Part 5 - VUI's True Goals as per Their Prospectus
According to the p.p. presentation (From Part 5 of SSC's p.p. presentation by Gregg Vickrey):
Page 5 of VUI's prospectus states Holdco's (VUI's) Intentions and Goals: According to the February 1982 Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Economic Development Report, titled Virginia Minerals, "Marline Uranium leased approximately 40,000 acres in Pittsylvania County, and 600 acres in the Ridgeway are of Henry County, in Southern Va. Also leased were 15,000 acres in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, and Orange Counties."

Mining in Barboursville: Uranium
Before the Virginia moratorium on uranium mining, 2,000 acres of land in Orange County was under lease to uranium mining companies.

Virginia and Federal Government Pro Uranium Involvement:

1985 Virginia Coal &; Energy Commission Report

Virginia Uranium Inc.'s Exploration application/permit with the DMME, Nov. 9, 2007

Conflict of Interest:
The State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act requires that approximately 25,000 Virginia governmental officers and employees disclose their financial interests.

Virginia Agreement State Status Info:
Virginia Department of Health and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Finalize "Agreement State" Status:
Under the agreement, the NRC will transfer to Virginia the responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection and enforcement activities for: (1) radioactive materials produced as a result of processes related to the production or utilization of special nuclear material (SNM); (2) naturally occurring or accelerator-produced radioactive material (NARM); (3) source material (uranium and thorium); and (4) SNM in quantities not sufficient to form a critical mass.

U.S. NRC Licensee Newsletter, Spring 2009. (Virginia now becomes the 36th "Agreement State" approved by the NRC, March 24, 2009, page 4.)

NRC: Federal & State Materials & Environmental Management, Agreement & Non-Agreement States

Active Agreement State & NRC Radioactive Material Licenses by NRC Region and by State (as of Oct. 02, 2000)


Southeast Low -Level Radioactive Waste Regional Compact Info:

Virginia Dept. of Health: Radioactive Waste (Updated: 10-08-2008):
Virginia is a member of the Southeast Low -Level Radioactive Waste Regional Compact, former Commissioner, Charles Hawkins (formerly Senator).

Evaluation of Fracture Flow at the Coles Hill Uranium Deposit in Pittsylvania County, VA using Electrical Resistivity, Bore Hole Logging, Pumping Tests, and Age Dating Methods, by John P. Gannon II (Thesis submitted to the faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Geosciences), October 7, 2009, Blacksburg, VA.

It is clear from this study that a more detailed hydrogeologic investigation surrounding the deposit is warranted in order to make any conclusions about the effects a potential mine would have on the groundwater of the area surrounding Coles Hill. It is essential that age dating and chemistry be performed on wells intersecting productive fracture zones located further into the Danville Triassic basin and the Leatherwood Granite. The age and chemistry of water from such wells, as well as their natural hydraulic head, would provide evidence of the origin of the water in highly transmissive zones at Coles Hill: 09.pdf

Beneath the Surface, Virginia Tech conducts research at Coles Hill, by TIM DAVIS, September 10, 2008:

Info about uranium mining:  Articles, reports:

Chronology of uranium tailings dam failures

Article: Nuclear is Not Clean, May 6, 2008 (Rise in number of uranium mining claims out West).

Radiological Information for Farmers, Growers and Food Producers, Va Dept. of Emergency Management, March 2004. rowers.pdf

Uranium U238 Decay Chain

Video:World Report: Uranium Mining: Vital for the Future, But Not in My Backyard!, (Mineral Rights-VS-Surface Rights), January 27, 2009.

Article: Energy report raises prospect of uranium mining, by TIM DAVIS/Star-Tribune Editor (Good history) Wednesday, February 6, 2008 4:49 PM EST

Article: Local company hopes to mine uranium, by TIM DAVIS/Star-Tribune Editor, (Good history)
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 4:49 PM EST

Article: Uranium study faces premature doubts, The Virginian-Pilot
 September 30, 2009 (NAS should make VUI divulge who its investors are before the Uranium Mining in Virginia Study is undertaken. The socio-economic study should not start before the NAS study is complete.)

VC& EC articles on uranium mining: Commission OKS Study of Uranium, by Steve Szkotak, Nov. 7, 2008
Published: November 07, 2008 12/

Virginia waterways ranks second-dirtiest in country, by Julian Walker, The Virginian-Pilot  November 11, 2009

No comment on Halifax budget draws... / May 13, 2010
In other business Tuesday night Council authorized Town Manager Carl Espy to send a resolution to the Roanoke River Advisory Basin Association calling for the resignation of Walter Coles from the group, pointing out that Coles has a conflict of interest in serving on the association.

Tobacco commission agrees to fund socio-economic study on uranium mining, Thursday, April 22, 2010.
"Mayhew is an investor in Virginia Uranium Inc."

Article: What Now for Nuclear Waste? by Matthew L. Wald, August 3, 2009

Online book: Brothers in Mining: Malcolm J. McPherson, pgs 125 -131. Dr. Michael Karmis. THE VIRGINIA CONNECTION, 1991. Mining and political support of it in Virginia as compared to California.

Keeping Agriculture Alive in the Shadow of a Uranium Mine: Potential Effects and Regulatory Solutions for Virginia, 34 Wm. & Mary Env. L. & Pol’y Rev. 615 (2010), Maggy J. Lewis.

Uranium Mining: A Global Poison, Vol. 1, Issue 3, Summer 2010,

Informational Websites:

UraniumFree Virginia
Socio-Economic Impact Study,

Virginia Against Uranium Mining

Nuclear Free Virginia


WISE Uranium Project

Beyond Nuclear

Nuclear Information and Resource Service