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Virginia divided over uranium project

Lawmakers to debate end of ban on element’s mining

Posted: December 30, 2012 at 2:33 a.m.

Opponents of uranium mining in Virginia gather outside a Dec. 12 meeting near the proposed mine site, distributing neon yellow T-shirts that say “Keep the Ban.”

Opponents of uranium mining in Virginia gather outside a Dec. 12 meeting near the proposed mine site, distributing neon yellow T-shirts that say “Keep the Ban.”

Beneath an estate that’s been farmed by the Coles family since just after the Revolutionary War lies the nation’s largest untapped uranium deposit, a potential $10 billion bonanza amid rolling hills, oak trees, pastures and a historic plantation home.

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Business, Pages 61 on 12/30/2012

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