McDonnell and budget leaders should reject schemes to keep a mining proposal alive.
Sen. John Watkins last week retracted his bill to pursue uranium mining in Virginia after failing to win support from his colleagues, but he immediately asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to press forward with development of regulations for the risky enterprise.
A spokesman for the governor said Friday he was reviewing that request. It should not take him long to conclude that pursuing rules for a prohibited operation would be a waste of staff time and taxpayer money.