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Va. uranium mining focus of Monday meeting

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) — State public health and environmental officials have scheduled a public meeting in Virginia on issues related to uranium mining and milling.

The meeting is set for Monday afternoon in Chatham, which is near a 119-million-pound uranium deposit a mining company wants to tap. Virginia has had a 30-year ban on uranium mining.

The Chatham meeting will summarize public comments and questions fielded by the state Department of Health on potential uranium mining and milling. The state Department of Environmental Quality will also make a presentation on ground and surface water, as well as air quality issues.

A multi-agency state panel is examining various aspects of uranium mining. While it will not recommend a course of action, its findings will guide the General Assembly on whether to lift the ban.

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