November 6, 2009
Dr. E. William Colglazier
Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer
National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Dear Dr. Colglazier:
I understand that the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission has formally requested the National Research Council (“NRC”), as the operating arm of the National Academy of Science, to undertake a study to review the scientific, technical and regulatory aspects of uranium mining, milling and processing and to carefully assess environmental and human health and safety issues as they relate to the Commonwealth and specifically Pittsylvania County.
Two years ago I announced the Virginia Energy Plan, a proposal to promote the Commonwealth’s energy independence and to educate consumers on energy conservation and efficiency. The Plan was required by the 2006 General Assembly and was prepared by a broad-based advisory group.
Among many other provisions of the Plan is a recommendation that “Virginia should assess the potential value of and regulatory needs for uranium production in Pittsylvania County.” [page 28, Virginia Energy Plan.] Recognizing the need to fuel Virginia’s nuclear power plants, the Plan further states that “the potential to mine Virginia uranium is therefore strategically important and warrants careful analysis.” [page 42, Virginia Energy Plan.]
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