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RRBA Takes ‘No Firm Position’ On Uranium Mining

However, according to minutes of the September meeting, the group said it “feels the current scope of the study is too general and does not really address the potential danger to the environment and health of the resources and citizens of the basin.”

The Roanoke River Basin Association Board met earlier this month on Saturday, Sept. 12, in Roanoke Rapids.

At that meeting, board members acknowledged the scope of the proposed uranium mining study by the National Academy of Sciences has become a major issue in Southside Virginia and neighboring areas.

The RRBA recognized Katie Whitehead of the Dan River Basin Association for “diligently looking” at the scope of study to determine if it will reveal whether uranium mining can be done safely in the state.

“It too feels that the current scope of the study is too general and does not really address the potential danger to the environment and health of the resources and citizens of the basin,” the RRBA minutes state.

RRBA endorsed the Dan River Basin Association’s officially submitted comments to amend and improve the study.

“The irony now is that the study will be funded by the Virginia Uranium Mining Company due to the lack of the State of Virginia funds to do so. It is naturally in the best interest for them to get the study complete. This makes the study suspect relative to objectivity,” the RRBA minutes state. RRBA membership said it feels that a total “neutral” body should be setting the parameters and conducting the study.

Further to that concern, board member Rives Manning said he feels that the proposed survey should be done equally and with validity by a group that has no special or biased interest in the mining of uranium.

Manning made a motion during the September meeting that the RRBA recommend the Basin Bi-State Commission present specific parameters to be included in the study, based on comments and suggested revisions to the study scope prepared by the Dan River Basin Association and submitted by the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce in March 2009 to the Virginia Commission on Coal and Energy.

Manning’s motion passed.