RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A multi-agency group studying the possibility of uranium mining in Virginia has issued its report. The Uranium Working Group released the 125-page report Friday to Gov. Bob McDonnell. It will be a critical resource in the General Assembly’s expected debate over whether to end a 30-year ban on uranium mining in Virginia.
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The report does not offer a recommendation on the ban. Instead it details a draft framework of regulatory rules that would need to be in place to oversee uranium mining and addresses questions raised by a raft of previous studies. Virginia Uranium Co. wants Virginia’s ban on uranium mining lifted so it can tap a 119-million-pound deposit of the ore in Pittsylvania County with an estimated value of $7 billion. While the company has said the mining can be done safely, critics disagree.