The effort to lift Virginia's moratorium on uranium mining has received a boost. The Virginia Coal and Energy Commission has voted to lift the ban — but only in Pittsylvania.
Mining opponents still fear this could be the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent. They could be right. If uranium mining proceeded without incident in Pittsylvania, realization might dawn that there is little to fear after all. Strangling the Pittsylvania mine before it ever begins makes it easier to continue frightening the public with wildly improbable scenarios.