Monday, November 25, 2013

County lauded for anti-mining resolution

CHATHAM — An anti-uranium group has given the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors a certificate of appreciation for its stance against mining in the county.

Andrew Lester, representing the Richmond-based Keep the Ban Coalition, gave the certificate to Board Chairman James Snead during the supervisors’ regular meeting Tuesday night.

In an interview before the meeting, Lester said the coalition provided the recognition because of the board’s 5-1 vote in January to pass a resolution asking legislators to keep the commonwealth’s 31-year-old moratorium on uranium mining and milling.

“ We’re happy that Pittsylvania County chose to join over 60 other governmental agencies, statewide organizations, chambers of commerce and other groups throughout the state in taking a strong position against lifting the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia,” Lester said.


Lester pointed out that the board of supervisors waited until it digested relevant information, including a study by the National Academy of Sciences of the technical and safety aspects of mining, before taking a stand.

“ It gave their position more credibility and more strength,” Lester said.

Virginia Uranium Inc. in Chatham seeks to mine and mill an uranium ore deposit at Coles Hill, about six miles northeast of Chatham.

The Keep the Ban Coalition presented a certificate of appreciation to Danville City Council Nov. 7 for its opposition to uranium mining and milling.

Crane reports for the Danville Register & Bee.