Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
Uranium report information sessions scheduled
The National Academy of Sciences will hold public briefings next week on its Uranium Mining in Virginia report released in December. The meetings are in Fairfax, Charlottesville and Richmond. All begin at 6:30 p.m. The Fairfax session is March 28 at the Marriott at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, with free onsite parking; on March 29, it’s at the Boar’s Head, 200 Ednam Drive in Charlottesville, with free onsite parking; and on March 30, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 501 East Broad St., Richmond. Parking at the hotel is valet only for $8, with additional public parking nearby.
The NAS says several members of the committee that wrote the report—Paul Locke, Scott Brooks, Peter deFur, Keith Eshleman, Bill Field, and Henry Schnell—will present its findings and take questions from the audience. The report found health and environmental issues and related risks need to be addressed before a 30-year moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia is lifted.
Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to mine uranium at its Coles Hill site in Pittsylvania County. The General Assembly in its last session opted not to take up the issue, to allow more time for the study to be digested.