Uranium and UMW
About 75 students, some hoisting “Keep the Ban” signs gathered in front of a podium at the university’s Ball Circle to voice their displeasure about the possibility of the Virginia General Assembly lifting a 1982 moratorium on uranium mining. Graham Givens, student organizer with the Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter exhorted the assorted students, dogs and older activists to make their objections known, calling the mining a “destructive and wasteful process” that will leave a legacy of radioactive waste if allowed by Virginia Uranium Inc. at a site in Pittsylvania County.
State Sen. Edd Houck, the guest speaker, reminded the students that there’s a local connection and a history here. Another company, Marline Corp., signed leases on thousands of acres in Orange, Madison, Culpeper and Fauquier counties in the late 1970s. “When did I get involved? In my first campaign in 1983,” he said, noting that, back then, “it was one of the biggest issues in Virginia.” But not now, he added. “This year, it is not before the public as it should be.” Read my story today on the issue here.