Uranium Update

The bills that would have authorized uranium mining and milling in our community are dead for now.  For that, we are very happy and very grateful to all those who stood with us in opposition to them.

Fortunately for us the Senate bill was referred to the Agriculture committee, which was strongly disposed against it, rather than the Commerce committee, 80% of whom had received campaign contributions from the company seeking authorization to mine.  When it became clear the bill wouldn’t make it out of the committee, it was withdrawn by the senator who introduced it (Senator Watkins).

But unfortunately the fight isn’t over.  After issuing a condescending press release attributing our concerns to ignorance and unfounded fear, Senator Watkins has gone directly to the governor, asking him to proceed with promulgation of the necessary regulations even without legislative approval.

Hopefully that is just a desperate last gasp.  That is to say, hopefully our governor won’t actually ignore the will of the people on this.   For any who would like to urge the governor to oppose uranium mining and milling in our county (and to stop wasting tax dollars on implementation of legislation that has not passed), here’s a link to a simple way to email him:  http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm

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6 comments on “Uranium Update

  1. Sophie says:

    I’m really sorry to hear this is still ongoing. I’d like to write to the governor but since I’m British I don’t think my opinions would carry much weight! I’d just feel really bad for your farm if it happened. Seems to me that as the world population grows we should all be looking for solutions to the problems caused by the way we supply and eat food, and that’s why I think farms like yours should be encouraged.

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    • shoreacres says:

      Sophie ~ On the other hand, what if you were the governor and realized that an issue in your state had garnered international attention? I’d think your letter might count more than the one I’m going to send from Texas. After all, everyone knows we’re crazy over here. 😉

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      • Bill says:

        We’re grateful for all the crazy Texans we can get on our side. 🙂 We do appreciate your support. A reader from Florida wrote him too. Couldn’t hurt.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Sophie. We’re Virginians and yet I wonder how much weight our opinions carry. In my email I reminded the governor that our county gave him 70% of its votes in the last election. He has higher ambitions so my guess is that he’ll continue to avoid taking any position on this fight.

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  2. Bob Braxton says:

    then winds up in Iran? North Korea

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    • Bill says:

      If this uranium is mined it will almost certainly go to China (and from there, who knows where). The proponents are trying to convince folks that this has something to do with making the US energy independent, but we have all our uranium needs met for the foreseeable future. China is on a massive nuclear power plant building campaign and they need uranium. Hoping the stuff safely embedded in the ground here stays there instead of going to them.

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