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WORLD EXPERTS ON URANIUM MINING TO APPEAR AT RICHMOND FORUM NEXT THURSDAY, MARCH 11

Posted Mar. 4, 2010 / Posted by: Nick Berning

FOR MEDIA PLANNING PURPOSES

Event Dates: March 11, 2010 and March 12, 2010

 
CONTACT
Eileen Levandoski, Hampton Roads Organizer, Sierra Club: eileen.levandoski@sierraclub.org, 757-277-8537
Cat McCue, Senior Communications Manager, Southern Environmental Law Center: cmccue@selcva.org, 434-977-4090
 
WORLD EXPERTS ON URANIUM MINING TO APPEAR AT RICHMOND FORUM NEXT THURSDAY, MARCH 11
Press conference in Hampton Roads to follow on Friday, March 12
 
Richmond – Five experts from around the world will be in Richmond on March 11 to discuss the human, environmental and economic impacts of uranium mining during an all-day symposium.
 
These scientists and experts have witnessed firsthand the operations and impacts of uranium mines in the U.S. and around the globe, and have written extensively on issues of water quality, health consequences, economic impacts, and alternatives. The event is free and open to members of the media and the public.
 
WHEN: Thursday, March 11. Registration and breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
   Presentations 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reception will follow.
 
WHERE: Richmond Center Stage, 600 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA
 
WHO:   Dr. Doug Brugge: Tufts University
            Dr. Gordon Edwards: Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Manuel Pino: American Indian Studies, Scottsdale Community College
Paul Robinson: Southwest Research & Information Center
Dr. Rianne Teule: GreenpeaceInternational
Note: This conference will not focus on the pros and cons of nuclear energy.
 
The symposium comes at a time when the National Academy of Sciences is about to begin an 18-month study – as requested by the General Assembly - to determine whether uranium mining and milling can be done safely in Virginia. The purpose of this symposium is to help citizens further understand the many and complex issues at hand.
 
The symposium is sponsored by: Dan River Basin Association, Friends of the Earth, Piedmont Environmental Council, Sierra Club, Virginia Chapter, Southern Environmental Law Center, Virginia Conservation Network, and Virginia Interfaith Power & Light.

WORLD EXPERTS ON URANIUM MINING TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN HAMPTON ROADS NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 12
 
Will discuss threat of proposed mine to Virginia drinking water supply
 
Hampton Roads - The experts will be in the Hampton Roads area the next day for a press conference to talk more specifically about the threat from the proposed Virginia Uranium Inc. mine in Pittsylvania County to the drinking water supply for downstream communities, including Virginia Beach.
 
WHEN: Friday, March 12, 10:15 a.m.
WHERE: Hilton Norfolk Airport just off I-64, 1500 North Military Hwy., Norfolk, VA
 
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IMPORTANT LINKS
Registration Information:
Directions to Richmond Center Stage:
Directions to Hilton Norfolk Airport:

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