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Virginia Farmers Ask NAS Panel to Include Impact on Agriculture in Report on Uranium Mining

posted on July 1, 2011

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Farmers are asking a National Academy of Sciences panel studying uranium mining in Virginia to include the potential impact on agriculture in its report.

More than three dozen farmers and five water and environmental groups have asked the panel to include possible contamination risks to the food chain in its report. The report is expected to be issued late this year.

The Danville Register and Bee reports that farmers are concerned about the potential impact on their products' marketability.

Uranium mining has been banned in the state for nearly three decades but Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to tap one of the world's biggest deposits in Southside Virginia.

Virginia Uranium project manager Patrick Wales says there are examples around the world where uranium mining and agriculture not only co-exist, but thrive.

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