The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will hold a series of meetings in August 2012 to gather public input on issues of private water supply wells and of recreational water related to uranium mining and milling in Virginia.
At three evening meetings, VDH staff will gather public comments on four questions: 1. What are the public’s concerns related to the impact of uranium mining and milling on water quality and quantity of private wells? 2. What are the public’s concerns related to the impact of uranium mining and milling on recreational use of surface water? 3. What role should VDH play in assuring that public health is protected in regard to private wells and recreational water use in regard to uranium mining and milling? 4. What safeguards should be in place to protect private wells and recreational water? Then, at three group-discussion meetings the days following each evening meeting, 15-20 people will discuss in more depth public health concerns related to uranium mining.
The evening meetings are as follows (click on the meeting date for more information from the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall):
Aug. 7, 6 p.m., at the Circuit Court Building, 3 North Main Street in Chatham.
Aug. 15, 6 p.m., at The Barn at Lord Fairfax Community College, 6480 College Street in Warrenton; and
Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at the Meyera Oberndorff Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach.
The discussion group sessions are as follows (click on the meeting date for more information from the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall):
Aug. 8, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., at the County Administration Building, 1 Center Street in Chatham.
Aug. 16, 8 a.m-4:15 p.m.., at the Rescue Squad Building, 210 Hospital Drive in Warrenton; and
Aug. 30, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Virginia Beach Health Department, 4452 Corporation Lane in Virginia Beach.
People wishing to participate in the group-discussion meetings must submit their name by July 31 for a random selection on August 2. To be considered, submit your name, your area of interest (that is, agricultural community, water service provider, general business community, business associated with recreational water, academic with a special knowledge of geology or groundwater, local government, or private homeowner), address and telephone number, e-mail address and other contact information, and preferred meeting location to https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ODW/publicmeeting.