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Mining Group Wants VA's 30-Year Uranium Ban Lifted

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Some of the leading voices on uranium mining in Virginia are heading to the Capitol to discuss one of the biggest issues in the 2013 session of the General Assembly.
    
They'll by part of a panel discussion on uranium mining at AP Day at the Capitol, an annual look at the top issues facing Virginia.
    
The panel will include a representative from Virginia Uranium Inc., the chairman of National Academy of Sciences study on uranium mining, a state delegate from Pittsylvania County and an attorney from the Southern Environmental Law Center.
    
Virginia Uranium wants to mine a 119-million-pound deposit of the radioactive metal. First, however, Virginia would have to end a 30-year ban on uranium mining.
    
A Richmond-area lawmaker has moved to do that, proposing regulations to oversee mining.

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