AG Herring: Virginia uranium mining ban should stand


ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- On Saturday, Attorney General Mark Herring made a stop in Roanoke to show his support for Senator Tim Kaine's reelection campaign.

While Herring was in Roanoke, ABC 13 asked him about the U.S. Supreme Court Case Virginia Uranium v. Warren.

The case is about mining uranium.

Virginia Uranium says it wants to mine the ore in Pittsylvania County, and argues that federal law should prevail over the state mining ban.

Herring doesn't agree because he says there are a lot of health and safety concerns of mining.

"That the state of Virginia had, the General Assembly had when it enacted the ban to begin with and I think it's important that those safety concerns that the General Assembly thought about as it made it's decision is upheld," Herring said.

The case will be heard in U.S. Supreme Court November 5th. Prior legal proceedings in the case were held in Wise County.

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