This text was taken from an email alert sent out on June 4th, 2013:
Trying to Twist the Governor's Arm to Lift Ban
Backers of uranium mining are urging Governor McDonnell to ignore what happened in the General Assembly this year.
Just a few short months ago the Virginia General Assembly responded to the will of the people — legislators were forced to withdraw a bill that would have lifted the state-wide ban on Uranium mining. As we said then, this was an important victory, but not the final one.
Now as we near the end of Governor McDonnell's term, mining backers are conducting a heavy handed PR campaign. They are hoping to persuade the Governor to act against the will of the General Assembly — pressuring him to draft rules that would lift the decades old ban on uranium mining and milling in Virginia.
Backed by foreign interests and out-of-state "think tanks," there has been a steady stream of pre-printed postcards and telephone calls going into the Governor's office. This is not the first time that uranium supporters have flooded Richmond with their calls for hasty action. Which is why it's important to make sure the Governor knows that lifting the ban is not the kind of legacy he should leave behind.
The Ban on Uranium Mining was kept to protect the health of Virginia's citizens, the environment, and the resources our businesses depend on. Thank the Governor for listening to the will of the people and the General Assembly and urge him to continue resisting pressure from Uranium proponents to do otherwise.
PEC will be watching this issue closely and will keep you updated on any action by the Governor or other efforts by the industry to weaken or end the ban.
Director of State Policy
The Piedmont Environmental Council
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