2 Southside Virginia river groups seek to have say in lawsuit on state uranium mining ban

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DANVILLE, Virginia — Two river associations want to join in the state's opposition to a lawsuit aimed at ending Virginia's 1980s-vintage ban on uranium mining.

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking to intervene in the case on behalf of the Roanoke River Basin Association and Dan River Basin Association. They also want the civil action dismissed.

Virginia Uranium Inc. filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Danville. It wants to end a state moratorium on uranium mining so it can tap a huge deposit in Pittsylvania County. The company's efforts to achieve that end in the General Assembly failed.

The mining company has faced opposition from environmental and conservation groups, among others. They contend Virginia is ill-suited for the mining and processing of uranium.

The company says the concerns are overstated.

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