CREATORNational Academy of Sciences
TITLEUranium Mining in Virginia: Non-Technical Summary
URLhttp://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/materials-based-...
HOMEPAGEhttp://nationalacademies.org
DATE PUBLISHED2011
DATE ACCESSED16 September 2017


This non-technical summary of an independent, in-depth report reviews the issues involved in mining uranium in Virginia, specifically at a large deposit in the south central region of the state. The review performed by a committee of the U.S. National Research Council addresses the scientific, environmental, human health and safety, and regulatory aspects of uranium mining as the state considers lifting the existing ban on mining uranium. The goal of the report is to better inform the public discussion and assist legislators in their deliberations. The contents present a useful overview of the diverse issues involved in mining, processing, and reclamation of uranium. While the report avoids a decision on mining, it concludes that extraction of uranium from the Virginia site will require adoption and rigorous implementation of internationally accepted best practices as well as enhancement and enforcement of regulatory requirements. The full 327-page report is available on the National Academy of Sciences' website.



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