On November 6, 2015, preliminary arguments were heard in Virginia Uranium’s federal lawsuit against Virginia state officials over the company’s proposal to mine uranium in Pittsylvania County; the trial is scheduled to begin on December 14, 2015. Virginia Uranium is seeking to overturn the Commonwealth’s moratorium on uranium mining, which was established by the General Assembly in 1982. Defendants in the lawsuit are Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, and eight state employees of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality.
The case will be heard in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, which has courts in Danville, Roanoke, and five other locations; the Web site for that District Court is http://www.vawd.uscourts.gov/. On October 9, U.S. District Court Judge Jackson Kiser had heard pre-trial motions from the Dan River Basin Association and Roanoke River Basin Association, who are seeking to intervene in the case and have the case dismissed.
Sources (newest listed first):
Virginia Uranium, state attorneys trade jabs in pretrial hearing, Danville Register & Bee, as published by Roanoke Times, 11/6/15.
Judge adds October court date to uranium case, Danville Register & Bee, 9/17/15.
River associations seek say on Va. uranium mining lawsuit, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/9/15.
Trial dates set for Virginia Uranium complaint, Danville Register & Bee, 9/1/15.
Virginia Uranium goes to court for right to mine, process nuclear fuel, Roanoke Times, 8/5/15.
Uranium company sues Virginia over the right to mine huge deposit, Washington Post, 8/5/15.
Other Water Central News Grouper items on proposed uranium mining in Virginia are available at this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/category/mining-uranium/.