Uranium mining--they get the profits, we get the risks
September 18, 2012
The Danville Register & Bee reports, "The governor's office and state Sen. Bill Stanley are denying that Gov. Bob McDonnell worked behind the scenes to convince the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to table a proposed resolution on uranium mining. Callands-Gretna Supervisor Jerry Hagerman taped an Aug. 31 phone call in which Stanley tried to persuade Hagerman to hold off on passing the resolution... In the 20-minute conversation that began at about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, Stanley told Hagerman the governor told him to 'reach out' to supervisors on the matter. Stanley now says he 'misspoke' and the governor did not tell him to call board members."
Progressive Point: Leaders should be upfront with us on where they stand on issues that affect our health and safety. Bob McDonnell says he's not sure about uranium mining, but then why is he bullying local officials on behalf of his uranium industry campaign donors? Keeping the ban on uranium protects clean drinking water and keeps Virginia safe without risking our communities' health. Special interests want to remove the ban to make money off of risking our health.
Uranium mining isn't just a potential disaster for Southside. The operation could contaminate drinking water for families as far away as Chesapeake. We need honest leaders who work for us but Bob McDonnell isn't being straight with Virginians. He tells us one thing and then turns around and goes to bat for his campaign donors behind the scenes. We cannot afford to trade the agenda of a few special interests for the health and safety of Virginia families.
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