CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) January 08, 2013
A new report written by one of the nation’s leading authorities on groundwater hydrology and nuclear energy says uranium mining in Virginia can take place safely and with minimal environmental impact.
At issue is a plan to lift a moratorium on uranium mining that has been in place in Virginia since 1982. The Coles Hill uranium deposit, located in Pittsylvania County, is one of the world’s most significant undeveloped deposits of uranium ore. The mine is projected to produce up to 120 million pounds of yellow cake over its economic life, enough to serve the needs of Virginia’s currently installed nuclear power plants for 75 years. When fully operational, the mine is expected to produce 2 million pounds of yellow cake per year.
“Virginians should not be concerned about adverse effects from allowing uranium mining in their state,” concludes scientist Jay Lehr, who holds a Ph.D. in groundwater hydrology from the University of Arizona and is editor of the Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia and the six-volume Water Encyclopedia.
“For more than three decades, modern uranium mining operations have taken place in other parts of the country and around the world without creating environmental or health problems,” he writes. “Based on the proven effective approach in Canada, Western U.S. , [and] Australia, ... an extensive regulatory regime exists to protect miners, people living near the mine, and the general public from any emissions, radioactive or otherwise, that might come from the mine or the processing of its output.”
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