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Virginia Uranium Ban Could Be Lifted - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

There are 28 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 6, 2012, titled Virginia Uranium Ban Could Be Lifted - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Uranium mining in Southside Virginia was at the top of a list of issues up for discussion in Richmond Thursday.

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huck

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Dec 7, 2012
makes sense, Hurt won
BBJ

Scottsville, VA

#3 Dec 7, 2012
You can bet they will approve it, there is money there and the only people that will get a lot of it is rich people and some to politicians.
Concerned Citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Dec 7, 2012
god-fearer wrote:
WHY NOT incorporate protections for the public in any requirements of businesses licensed to do any mining?
For example: businesses seeking license to do any mining must reserve funds for any clean ups and any economic impacts of pollution, industrial disasters, etc.
How about half of the estimated $11billion assessed as possible economic harm: served of $5-$6 billion?
That will make any businesses seeking a license to mine account - upfront - for the TRUE COSTS to the public.
Even doctors have to buy large liability insurance in case they have a bad surgery outcome. Why shouldn't mining have to carry large insurance, and/or set aside - in CASH - funds to cover adverse impacts on the public.
Correct?
Why not?
I think god-fearer misses the point, as he/she states, "Why shouldn't mining have to carry large insurance, and/or set aside - in CASH - funds to cover adverse impacts on the public." The point should be that everything should be done to prevent "adverse impacts on the public" to include extending the ban. It is too late to throw money at something once the adverse impact has occurred. Case in point, the asbestos mining industry in Montana, Canada and Australia.
buyerbeware

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Dec 7, 2012
god-fearer wrote:
WHY NOT incorporate protections for the public in any requirements of businesses licensed to do any mining?
For example: businesses seeking license to do any mining must reserve funds for any clean ups and any economic impacts of pollution, industrial disasters, etc.
How about half of the estimated $11billion assessed as possible economic harm: served of $5-$6 billion?
That will make any businesses seeking a license to mine account - upfront - for the TRUE COSTS to the public.
Even doctors have to buy large liability insurance in case they have a bad surgery outcome. Why shouldn't mining have to carry large insurance, and/or set aside - in CASH - funds to cover adverse impacts on the public.
Correct?
Why not?
You're already trying to figure how you can get a hold of that "reserve fund", aren't cha?
Yep

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Dec 7, 2012
BBJ wrote:
You can bet they will approve it, there is money there and the only people that will get a lot of it is rich people and some to politicians.
Hurt already reaps some $$$ as well as the gov.

Their politcal pawns are in place.
shaking

Richmond, VA

#7 Dec 7, 2012
Big shock, Hurt won and gets what he wants. The people of VA clearly don't matter. Just watch the cancer rates climb in this state.
George S

Hartselle, AL

#8 Dec 7, 2012
80,000 years od radio-active dust, yet, the state and local governments continually claim huge acreages as protected.

A general plan to have no humans living in the state? Who are the constituents, squirrels?
TROOF

Waynesboro, VA

#9 Dec 7, 2012
Douglass gonna flip his toupe!
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Dec 7, 2012
Does the EPA way in on this at all or they just do what the politicians tell them?
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Dec 7, 2012
Buckingham is full of uranium too, can't wait to tap that market!$$$$$$$
BL_Steinhagen

Virginia Beach, VA

#12 Dec 7, 2012
Would love to see investigative report on NBC that looks at past and present issues with Uranium mining/milling as Virginia and other states examine this issue.
Huh

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Dec 7, 2012
Douglas was right. All during the campaign I kept thinking he was a bit of a one trick pony with the uranium ads over and over.
Anne

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Dec 7, 2012
We need to petition Governor McDonnell to NOT lift the ban on uranium mining!

Please write him at this address:
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Anne

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Dec 7, 2012
My previous post erroneously claims I'm in Pellhamm, NC. I am Charlottesville, VA!
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Dec 7, 2012
Anne wrote:
My previous post erroneously claims I'm in Pellhamm, NC. I am Charlottesville, VA!
you can't fool topix
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Dec 7, 2012
EPA EPA EPA EPA EPA
curious

Bumpass, VA

#18 Dec 7, 2012
We can't burn coal because its bad for the environment. So is fracking natural gas. We dont want to see wind turbines on the top of the mountains and they destroy habitats. Don't dam the rivers that too destroys habitats. People are scared to death about nuclear. But the way I see it, and this is just one man's opinion, nuclear is the cleanest, most economic, and efficient way to make electricity. If we have reserves of uranium in this state we should take advantage of it. The nuclear industry is one of the most regulated and scrutinized industries but is still thriving. Why not take advantage of that?
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Dec 7, 2012
curious wrote:
We can't burn coal because its bad for the environment. So is fracking natural gas. We dont want to see wind turbines on the top of the mountains and they destroy habitats. Don't dam the rivers that too destroys habitats. People are scared to death about nuclear. But the way I see it, and this is just one man's opinion, nuclear is the cleanest, most economic, and efficient way to make electricity. If we have reserves of uranium in this state we should take advantage of it. The nuclear industry is one of the most regulated and scrutinized industries but is still thriving. Why not take advantage of that?
I totally agree, but the market in coal, NG, is controlled by politicians and a corrupt congress. Look at Europe, they have nuclear all over, we as Americans are dupes to the energy consortium. Anything for a buck. Wait till E15 gas comes to Va. then maybe you'll grasp the control energy companies have over this country.
Concerned Citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Dec 8, 2012
curious wrote:
We can't burn coal because its bad for the environment. So is fracking natural gas. We dont want to see wind turbines on the top of the mountains and they destroy habitats. Don't dam the rivers that too destroys habitats. People are scared to death about nuclear. But the way I see it, and this is just one man's opinion, nuclear is the cleanest, most economic, and efficient way to make electricity. If we have reserves of uranium in this state we should take advantage of it. The nuclear industry is one of the most regulated and scrutinized industries but is still thriving. Why not take advantage of that?
While it may be true that "The nuclear industry is one of the most regulated and scrutinized industries" the uranium mining industry isnt.
BL_Steinhagen

Virginia Beach, VA

#21 Dec 11, 2012
Many production industries have zoning law restrictions on where they can build their plants. Production munitions, chemical, explosives plants all are all heavily regulated and monitored by local, federal and state governments. No state would allow owners to build them in populated neighborhoods or in any area that could effected a significant population if an accident would occur. Makes good sense to keep these industries away from heavily populated areas for the damage that could happen if there was an accident. The Coles HIll location is the real issue with lifting the ban on uranium mining/milling in Virginia. It is too close to the Lake Gaston which is the water supply of over 1 million Virginians. It makes no sense for the state to lift the ban for Coles Hill as it has a far greater risk to effect the lives of millions of people contaminating Lake Gaston with radioactive waste . Even if uranium mining/milling was safe (which is doubtful), why should the state look the other way. Tell the Virgina legislators to do the right thing. Allowing uranium mining/milling/radioactive waste storage near the Lake Gaston water shed is not the right thing. Accidents happen in every industry. Keep the ban in place.

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