Should we oppose uranium mining In Chatham? I say YES!
Posted in the Boydton Forum
Since: Aug 07
Chase City, Va
#1 Mar 22, 2008
A lot has been made lately of the uranium mining in Chatham, VA. In case you didn't know Chatham is roughly 70 miles from Chase City. It is between Danville and Gretna. There are plans to extract uranium from land outside of Chatham. Now, through Chatham to Halifax County runs a river, the Banister. The Banister river is a major tributary of the Dan River which we all know flows directly into Buggs Island Lake(aka Kerr Lake). Not a good thing to have radioactive dust blowing into the Banister I'd say. Next, there are KNOWN health risks associated with uranium mining. Things like lung cancer, leukaemia, higher risk of nonmalignant respiratory disease just to name a few. Also, not a good thing. Lastly, and I found this in the Halifax Board of Supervisors Statement, so I quote
“there is no precedent of a large-scale uranium mine in a wet climate such as the Virginia Piedmont where annual precipitation exceeds evaporation causing uranium tailings ponds to overflow as well as to leach into the water table”
I don't think this is something I'm willing to back. How about you? Do a little research and post your stance please.
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