Thursday, December 22, 2011

Headlines: NAS Uranium Mining Study

Virginia Uranium reacts to NAS Uranium study

By: Jarett Henshaw | WSLS
Published: December 19, 2011 Updated: December 19, 2011 - 6:25 PM

The National Academy of Sciences, or NAS's report on uranium mining in Virginia lays out the risks of digging the Pittsylvania County deposit.

It doesn't give a recommendation, but does say “If the Commonwealth of Virginia rescinds the existing moratorium on uranium mining, there are steep hurdles to be surmounted before mining and/or processing could be established."

Andrew Lester heads up the Roanoke River Basin Association. He's against uranium mining and says the 300 page document backs up what they've been saying all along.

"What it really tells is the issues involved are very difficult, almost insurmountable as far as the technology and regulatory requests,” said Lester.

Virginia not yet ready for uranium mining: study

Washington (Platts)--19Dec2011/446 pm EST/2146 GMT

Virginia has to overcome "steep hurdles" before it could open the state to uranium mining while adequately protecting its public and environment, according to a National Research Council report released Monday.

Uranium mining report released

The Associated Press
1:33 p.m. EST, December 19, 2011

A highly anticipated National Academy of Sciences report on uranium mining concludes that Virginia must overcome "steep hurdles" before it can assure that a rich deposit of the radioactive ore can be safely mined and processed.,0,4606023.story

Research calculates uranium mining hazards

The report cites "potential adverse human health risks" if the ban on mining is lifted.

By Laurence Hammack

If Virginia lifts a moratorium on mining uranium, it will face "steep hurdles" in protecting the health of its people and environment, a long-awaited study warns.

Digging up the radioactive metal and converting it to fuel for nuclear reactors presents "a wide range of potential adverse human health risks," according to the National Academy of Sciences.

Virginia faces challenges with uranium mining, study says

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 1:47 pm
Star-Tribune Editor

Virginia will face "steep hurdles" to protect the health and safety of workers, the public, and the environment if lawmakers lift a 30-year moratorium on uranium mining and milling, according to a long-awaited scientific report released Monday.