Virginia Uranium: NIMBY

It seemed for a while that once again, politico-corporate greed would take precedent over Virginia citizenry’s need, and that Big Uranium would indeed leach its way into Virginia’s ecology.

Not so fast (and no great surprise): there’s been a lot of looking the other way, sheer incompetence, and at least a brief failure by those who stand to become uranium-rich to foist this act on the commonwealth.

Here’s an excerpt of findings leading to a (temporary at least) screeching halt to uranium activities in Virginia:

Based on DMME (Dept of Mines Minerals and Energy)  records, the report finds that, following exploratory drilling conducted by VUI, uranium and radium concentrations in groundwater from the Coles Hill uranium sites rose to the levels exceeding maximum concentration limits listed in the DMME-issued permit.  In the only groundwater monitoring well drilled by VUI since exploratory work began in 2007, the registered uranium concentrations were more than 50 times the maximum concentration level set by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and radium 226 concentrations were more than 28 times the EPA’s maximum concentration level.

Read more about this important development at the Roanoke River Basin Association site:

PRESS RELEASE: Expand Current Uranium Mining Moratorium to Include Exploration

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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