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Senate Passes Bill to Set Up Study on Uranium Mining

Hunter Walker, of Fluvanna County, was on the floor of the House of Delegates yesterday with his parents, Matt and Amy, and his sister, Josie. He was honored for saving his sister from choking.
Hunter Walker, of Fluvanna County, was on the floor of the House of Delegates yesterday with his parents, Matt and Amy, and his sister, Josie. He was honored for saving his sister from choking. (By Steve Helber -- Associated Press)
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By Richmond Digest
Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Senate has passed legislation establishing a two-year study on the safety of uranium mining. The study eventually could help lift the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia.

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The proposal stems from a company's desire to tap a huge uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County. It's the largest unmined uranium deposit in the nation, worth an estimated $10 billion.

Proponents of the study say the nuclear fuel would reduce the nation's dependence on foreign energy. Critics warn of potential effects on health and the environment.

-- Associated Press

Some Welfare Recipients Could Face Drug Testing

The Senate has unanimously passed legislation that would require some welfare recipients to be tested for drugs.

People applying for or already in the job-training program required to receive welfare would be questioned about substance abuse, and those suspected of using drugs could be required to take a drug test.

If the person fails, he or she would be required to complete a drug-treatment program to continue receiving federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families aid, which goes to low-income families with children.

-- Associated Press


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