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Senate committee to hear uranium bill next Thursday

The public will have an opportunity to comment next Thursday on Sen. John Watkin’s Bill 1353 that introduces legislation to establish regulatory and licensing requirements for Virginia Uranium Inc., the Chatham-based company that hopes to mine the Coles Hill deposit in Pittsylvania County. 

The bill is aimed at lifting the 30-year moratorium on uranium mining and is specific to the Coles Hill site.

Del. James Edmunds said Thursday afternoon, the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee will discuss the bill one-half hour after adjournment next Thursday in Senate Room A of the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

Edmunds urged all attending to arrive at the General Assembly building by noon.

Edmunds said he “truly feels that sincere, personal contact makes a great deal of difference” and encouraged as many Halifax County residents who can to travel to Richmond and share their concerns next Thursday.

“I am making an appeal for everyone who can to come to Richmond when the bills are heard in committee. That is the only time you will have an opportunity to speak against the bill,” the delegate said.