Saturday, December 15, 2012

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling opposes lifting uranium mining ban

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling

In Danville today Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling as previously reported pronounced his opposition to lifting the ban on uranium mining. He joined local legislators, officials and businessmen. Bolling could be the tie-breaking vote in the Senate that will kill Senator Watkins bill to lift the ban.

Next Tuesday, Wednesday he is scheduled on radio stations in Charlottesville – Charlottesville-Right Now with Coy Barefoot on WINA and Joe Thomas in-the-morning show on WCHV.  In Hanover Friday Bolling will be on Mornings in Hanover show with Skip Andrews and Bill Roberts on WHAN. Watch his schedule and listen to what he says for insight into a possible independent run for governor.

Bolling joined local legislators, officials and businessmen in Danville today to announce his opposition to uranium mining and milling in Virginia:

“Over the past year much has been written about the proposal to lift the ban on uranium mining and milling in Virginia.  Advocates on both sides of this debate have done an effective job advocating their point of view.  I have listened carefully to this debate, and after a great deal of consideration I have come to the conclusion that the Virginia General Assembly should maintain the ban on uranium mining and milling in Virginia.

“First, I am concerned that removing this ban could have a chilling impact on our efforts to recruit new business, industry and jobs to Southern Virginia, and it could also have a harmful impact on numerous existing businesses in the region.  Over the past three years we have worked hard to get the economy of Southern Virginia back on track, and we should not do anything that could work at cross purposes with the progress we have made.

“Second, even though two well respected organizations have completed reviews of the efficacy of removing the ban on uranium mining and milling, I believe there are still too many unanswered questions regarding the potential impact that an incident at the mine might have on the environment and, subsequently, citizens in Southern Virginia and beyond.  Given these legitimate environmental concerns, I believe the ban on uranium mining should remain in place.

“Third, almost every member of the Southern Virginia delegation of the Virginia General Assembly opposes removing the ban on uranium mining, and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has expressed its opposition to removing the ban as well.  If political and business leaders in the region that could benefit the most from uranium mining believe the ban should stay in place, politicians in Richmond should not lift the ban against their wishes.

“While the advocates for uranium mining have highlighted the potential economic impact of a successful mining operation, and I am sensitive to those arguments, it is my belief that there are just too many unanswered questions, and the potential for adverse economic and environmental impacts is too great, to remove the ban.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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