by Jane Van Ryan
The stars could hardly have shown brighter on the prospects of allowing uranium mining in Virginia than in 2007.
Virginia Uranium Inc., the company hoping to develop the nation’s largest known uranium deposit on a cattle farm in southern Virginia, made a compelling case for lifting a decades-old state ban on uranium mining. The change would save consumers billions of dollars over the life of the mine, create jobs and revenue and, perhaps most importantly, provide a much-needed boost for the faltering economy in southern Virginia, especially in Pittsylvania County.
Van Ryan is an energy writer and retired communications professional who resides in Rockingham County, Va.