Mining promotes energy independence. It could hold down electric rates. It complements existing nuclear design and construction operations in Lynchburg and Newport News.While these are all attractive arguments, given the high Southside unemployment rates and our dependence on fossil fuels, but the possible effect to the health and welfare of Virginians is of utmost importance.
Mining is potentially hugely profitable, and, by extension, a potent source of local and state tax revenue. A mine would generate jobs in a region rapidly losing them to the collapse of manufacturing.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The Politics of Uranium Mining
Last week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch discussed the politics of uranium mining. According to the article, the arguments for the proposed mining include: