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Anti-uranium mining lawmakers appeal to Va. gov

Friday - 2/8/2013, 2:19pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- Southside Virginia lawmakers are seeking a meeting with Gov. Bob McDonnell to outline their objections to a suggestion that he order the development of regulations for uranium mining.

Proposed legislation that would do just that was abandoned last week in the face of near certain defeat in the current session of the General Assembly.

The letter was signed by Sens. Frank M. Ruff Jr. and William M. Stanley and Delegates James E. Edmunds, Donald Merricks, Danny Marshall III and Thomas C. Wright Jr.

Their districts encompass counties, cities and towns near a uranium deposit that has sparked a years-long debate over a proposal to mine the radioactive ore.

McDonnell has not stated his position on uranium mining or whether he would push ahead on an issue the Legislature cast aside.

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