A danger to our water across the Commonwealth
July 25, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "The City Council called unanimously on Tuesday for a continuation of the state's moratorium on uranium mining to safeguard rivers and reservoirs that provide Norfolk's drinking water. 'This is a vote for us to stand up for the system and against anything that may somehow taint the quality of the water,' Mayor Paul Fraim said after the vote at the council's regular meeting."
Progressive Point: When we grab a glass of water from the tap, we assume that water is safe to drink. Uranium mining in Virginia could change all that, contaminating our drinking water supplies with radioactive waste. Our Commonwealth needs leaders, like those in Norfolk, who are serious about protecting clean drinking water.
With uranium mining, a few big corporations get the profits while Virginians take all the risk. Mining for uranium threatens clean water not just for family farmers in Southside, but also families and naval bases all the way through Tidewater. Corporate interests are only interested in their bottom line, not the health and safety of our families. The risks of uranium mining are simply too high and hazardous.
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