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Va. forum to size up Va. uranium mining

Friday - 11/1/2013, 3:40am  ET

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) -- With uranium mining likely to re-emerge in the General Assembly, a panel of experts is scheduled to dissect the issue at a forum at Washington and Lee University.

The Lexington panel discussion Friday will feature Virginia Tech professor Robert Bodnar, an advocate of mining, and Cale Jaffe of the Southern Environmental Law Center. He has been a leading voice against uranium mining.

The forum will also include a nuclear power industry representative, among others.

Virginia Uranium Mining Inc. wants to mine a 119-million-pound deposit of the radioactive ore in Pittsylvania County. It says it can be done safely and create hundreds of jobs in a region that desperately needs them.

Opponents say the economic benefits of mining are outweighed by environmental threats.

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