By Bill Speiden
My family and I have farmed in Orange County for 76 years. I owned the most radioactive site in Northern Virginia, according to the industry’s syntilometer tests when the uranium interests came to lease my land in Orange County for mining and milling in 1979.
Despite riches promised, a visit to Colorado and Utah mines and mills convinced us it was not worth the risk to our land and our neighbors downwind and downstream.
Speiden is a farmer, citizen and land owner. He is legislative director of the Orange County Farm Bureau and past chairman of the Orange County Planning Commission.