Are any of you aware that the state of Virginia may give permission to mine Uranium ?
There has been a discovery of a large deposit of Uranium found at Coles Hill in Virginia & the owner of this area (Walter Coles) is petitioning the state of Virginia to by-pass its moratorium against mining for Uranium. This is a Link to the story about this situation
This area is between the Roanoke River & the Bannister River & it is a water-shed for quite a few rural towns & large cities. Mining for Uranium has to dig the ore out of the ground, then it has to be crushed & have chemicals & water mixed into it until you reach the “Yellow-Cake” stage. Unfortunately, the ‘tailings’ impoundment are not capped until they are filled & they can be up to 40 acres in size – which could take years. These ‘tailings’ of crushed rock, water, & chemicals still contain 85% of their Radioactivity. So in Virginia where you have much more rainfall than in our more arid lands, the possibility of a flood could contaminate water for any number of rural towns & cities that are downstream from this mine (including Virginia Beach). American taxpayers have already had to pay for the clean up of abandoned Uranium mines to the tune of $144 Billion Dollars (there are 520 abandoned Uranium mines on the Navajo Lands alone & one of these is a ‘Super Fund’ site that is still being worked on). Virginia has been devastated by Hurricanes, it has tornadoes on a regular basis, & in August of 2011 they had 5.8 Earthquake that was only 125 miles away from Coles Hill. Walter Coles, VUI company is backed by a Canadian owned company ‘Anthem Resources’ (which also includes the last Canadian company that tried to get permission to mine in the area of Coles Hill). I hope that the governor of Virginia decides AGAINST this mine, but right now he only seems to be seeing the JOBS that will be created. Right now this whole region is becoming recognized for its Organically Grown crops. If a disaster should happen, it will destroy the farm lands, the water, & the people of this region.