December 24, 2008:
Uranium mining is being contemplated near Virginia Beach. Local residents have expressed concern for possible pollution of drinking water supplies if mining proceeds. A Study is underway and residents specifically request that impact on water supplies be included.
Perhaps this link to The News & Record article will be helpful:
Alarmed Residents Take Action
Major concerns include the following: Will mining the uranium cause any increase in existing low (and safe) radioactivity levels? (For those downstream who source drinking water supplies, this would be important to know.) In the event of an Act of God (catastrophic storm, as can occur), what is the feasibility of an environmental clean-up? How will the mining operation generally and specifically affect downstream basins/reservoirs? What is the plan for safe handling/disposal of mine tailings?
Clearly, the time to consider these issues is before the environment is changed.
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