Text from our January 31, 2013 email alert:
Uranium Mining… Going, Going, Gone?
After a big push, Uranium mining proponents have realized they simply don't have the votes. Seeing the writing on the wall, Senator John C. Watkins (R – Powhatan) officially withdrew his bill to lift the ban this afternoon.
My co-worker Rob and I were there, and quite frankly it was pretty exciting. We were a part of a packed crowd from around the state who had traveled to Richmond to show support for keeping the ban. It was great to have something go our way.
Of course, Senator Watkins vows that this is not the end of uranium mining in Virginia, but it certainly looks to be the end of it for this General Assembly session. That, in of itself, is a major victory.
There are a lot of reasons why lifting the ban would be dangerous for the Commonwealth. If you were never able to watch it, I would recommend taking a look at the video we produced with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which really lays out what is at stake.
A big thank you to everyone who took time to write their elected officials and to the elected officials who listened.
An Update On Other Important Bills
While Uranium mining has garnered a lot of attention, I also have an update on some other priority bills:
Another bill we've been working on is HB 1695, Del. Randy Minchew's agricultural net metering bill, which would allow farms to expand their use of renewable energy and limits that expansion to solar, wind and digester gas. The bill passed out of committee today. Looking toward the second half of the Session, we expect a good deal of attention to be given to transportation, as all eyes turn towards the Governor's transportation legislation.
There are too many bills to mention in one email, but I wanted to get this update out quickly to share the good news. If you have questions about these or any other bills in Richmond, don't hesitate to send me an email.
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