You obviously don't live in Virginia. The Black neighborhood is near the proposed mine sites. That is the issue. But big companies are willing to put the locals at risk to make a buck, and if they are poor or minority members, so much the better for all they care. You won't have the influence to stop them from poisoning you, the air, and your drinking water.
"The National Academies of Science is expected to release a study in December on the impact of uranium mining statewide. While it will not recommend whether Virginia should end the ban, the General Assembly is expected to rely heavily on the report's contents in deciding whether to take up the issue in 2012."
Virginia Uranium has said it will use the most environmentally sound methods to mine and process the ore. It has also said the mining would create hundreds of jobs and revenue in an area that relied heavily on textiles and tobacco, both in decline.
Patrick M. Wales, project manager for Virginia Uranium, said he was disappointed the NAACP didn't wait for the NAS study."
Of course they did not wait. The oppose anything that will bring dollars into the community unless the money has been taken from 'rich folks' that earned.....errrr....."sto le them off the backs and sweat of minorities."
"In late September, the company [Virginia Uranium] took interested residents and lawmakers to a mine in Canada to show how uranium mining can be done safely. Earlier this year, Virginia Uranium also took a group to France to see a former mine site, in an effort to show how the process can occur in a climate like Virginia's.
Of course the move proved controversial, with critics saying the company wanted to buy lawmaker votes with trips to Europe (Greenwire, July 7). The company sponsored a similar trip in 2010, paying roughly $9,000 for at least three lawmakers to attend, according to Virginia Public Access Project records.
Leftists are not interested in facts or the truth. They are interested in making emotional arguments that appeal to the most ignorant members of society who typically have no real interest in the USA prospering since they exist on a stream of confiscated earnings from the private sector.