A Virginia Senator wants to end the state's 30-year ban on uranium mining. Veteran Virginia Senator John Watkins is a Republican from Midlothian.
He plans to propose a law that would start the process of ending the ban. It would open up mining of Coles Virginia Senator wants to end the state's 30-year ban on uranium miningHill near Chatham.
Uranium businesses say there's billions of dollars to be made off the uranium there. Folks who live there are concerned the mining would be bad for the environment.
In January, Governor McDonnell asked the General Assembly not to lift the ban until scientists could study the safety of uranium mining.