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2 groups seek dismissal of uranium lawsuit

WISE (AP) Two river-protection groups are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at ending Virginia’s 1982 ban on the mining of uranium.

The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Wise County Circuit Court on behalf of the Roanoke River Basin Association and the Dan River Basin Association. Both groups have opposed uranium mining because they fear it will harm waterways in Southside Virginia and North Carolina.

Attorneys for Virginia Uranium Inc. have gone to state and federal courts in hopes of tapping a rich uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County.

In both legal challenges, the company contends Virginia’s ban is unconstitutional. In the state court claim, the company is seeking compensation totaling nearly $500 million for what it argues is the taking of its property.

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