Safety and accountability are nonpartisan priorities
June 18, 2012
The News & Advance reports, "A state panel that is amid a wide-ranging examination of the prospect of uranium mining in Virginia is headed to the Southside county where a proposal to mine one of the world's largest deposits of the radioactive ore has ignited a fierce environmental debate. The Uranium Working Group will outline its progress to date and hear from the public during a meeting Monday in Chatham."
Progressive Point: Virginia's economy is strongest when focused on sustainable solutions such as continuously improving our infrastructure and creating new jobs in the growing renewable energy industry. Our Commonwealth's government is most accountable when its meetings and processes are open to the public. Mining for uranium puts Virginia families at long term risk for a short term corporate payout.
Virginia Uranium is paying over a dozen high powered lobbyists to try to gloss over the risk uranium mining poses to our supply of clean drinking water. The General Assembly this year failed to lift the ban thanks to the severe risks that uranium mining creates. Bob McDonnell's push to regulate uranium mining out of site of public scrutiny risks Virginians health for the sake of campaign donors' profits. Safety and accountability are nonpartisan priorities.
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