7:36 PM EST, February 1, 2013
PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va.
The battle over uranium mining isn't over.
There's still a small chance after the senator who proposed a bill opening the door to uranium legislation withdrew his bill yesterday.
The signs still speak for themselves the next day. Drive in any town in Pittsylvania County and they'll be there.
"Stop Whining, Start Mining" or plainly, "No uranium mining."
The people behind the signs are just as blunt.
"There's no going back if it happens. Period."
Their words remain strong a day after a bill that could have opened the door to uranium mining here in Pittsylvania County was withdrawn.
"You have to accept defeat as well as victory in this. And when you lose and still have a strong argument then you have to go back to presenting it in a different light at a different time," said Vernon Moon, a supporter of uranium mining.
Moon, a supporter of lifting the ban isn't lifting a white flag just yet.
"I'm disappointed it was voted down. But it will probably show itself up in the future," Moon said.
The proposed mine brings jobs, something he says this area needs.
But his foes aren't worried about work, it's contamination of ground water that's their main concern.
"As long as that is in the ground it will always be an issue in Virginia," said Tim Stuart, an opponent of uranium mining.
Stuart moved to a house a mile from the proposed mining area, Coles Hill, five years ago knowing little about uranium.
Now one of it's biggest opponents, he knows the bill isn't dead for long.
"It was a bittersweet victory yesterday." "It's far from being over yet. Until there's something serious done on this issue as far as the moratorium goes," Stuart said.
Although the bill is most likely dead for a year, both men are waiting for action from the House of Delegates and Governor McDonnell who could use his executive power to begin drafting regulations.
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