Thursday, December 15, 2011

Uranium Mining Meetings

Update on Proposed Uranium Mining in Virginia: NAS Study Due December 19; Gov. McDonnell Comments During Radio Show; and Danville Regional Foundation-sponsored Study Expected Dec. 16

Posted onDecember 14, 2011

The study by the National Academy of Sciences on the potential health and environmental impacts of the proposed uranium mining operation in Pittsylvania County is to be presented on Monday, December 19, at a meeting of the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission’s uranium subcommittee. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

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A planned joint meeting of the full Commission with the House of Delegates’ Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources was scheduled for December 19, but that meeting has been cancelled.

Here are two other uranium-mining developments:

1) In a call-in show on Norfolk’s WNIS radio station on December 13, Va. Gov. Robert McDonnell Virginia could not move forward on the proposed uranium mining “if you’re going to sacrifice public safety—whether it’s groundwater contamination or potential exposure in the neighboring areas,” and that the information in the National Academy of Sciences report will indicate whether the state should move forward or pursue additional study.

2) On December 16, the Danville Regional Foundation is expected to release a study—paid for by the Foundation and conducted by RTI International, a non-profit research institute in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park—of the potential socioeconomic and environmental impacts of the proposed uranium mining project in Pittsylvania County;

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on the December 16 presentation.

Sources: Va. uranium mining report to be delivered, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 12/14/11; McDonnell says safety comes first on uranium mining, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/14/11.

Business at Breakfast 12/16/11

Date: December 16, 2011Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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Event Description:  Uranium Mining and Milling at Coles Hill, Virginia: Possible Impacts on the Surrounding Region

Over the past year, with funding from the Danville Regional Foundation, RTI International has conducted a wide-ranging assessment of possible impacts of the proposed Coles Hill Uranium Mine and Mill on the study region within 50 miles of Coles Hill, recognizing that socioeconomic impacts depend not only on jobs and spending in the region, but also on environmental quality, amenities, and the overall quality of life. The study’s goal was not to reach conclusions or recommendations about whether the project should go forward; rather, RTI has sought to inform regional stakeholders about the project, acknowledging the uncertainties involved. RTI has gathered and analyzed information from a variety of sources to identify and answer questions raised by stakeholders in the region. RTI will present the results of this assessment, describing a range of possible environmental and socioeconomic impacts under alternative scenarios and discussing the experience of other regions in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world that have experience with uranium mining and milling. The presentation will summarize the study approach, data, and findings. The study report, which will be released the same day, compiles information that stakeholders in the region and elsewhere can use to inform their assessment of the proposed project.

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