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Anti-uranium groups in Virginia join forces

Published On: May 15 2013 04:35:12 AM CDT
Updated On: May 15 2013 10:15:57 AM CDT
DANVILLE, Va. -

Two Southside Virginia voices against uranium mining are joining forces.

The Roanoke River Basin Association says it has welcomed CommonHealthVA as a part of its family. The group is among several that advocated for keeping the state's prohibition on uranium mining.

While the issue wilted in the General Assembly this year, proponents of uranium mining are still hoping Gov. Bob McDonnell will keep the issue alive. He has yet to respond to a suggestion he order state agencies to develop regulations for the 2014 legislature to consider.

One of the largest known deposits of the radioactive ore is located in Pittsylvania County. Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to tap the deposit.

The company says the mining and milling can be done safely, but critics disagree.