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High Court Justices Grapple with Virginia Uranium-Mining Ban (1)

Nov. 5, 2018, 5:52 PMUpdated: Nov. 5, 2018, 7:28 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a mostly favorable reception to a Virginia law that bans mining at the nation’s largest known uranium deposit, as the justices weighed a challenge pressed by the owners of the property with help from the Trump administration.

Hearing arguments Nov. 5 in Washington, the justices considered whether Virginia’s uranium-mining ban runs afoul of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act, a 1954 law that gives federal regulators power over nuclear safety.

Virginia says the 1954 law didn’t affect the longstanding power of states to regulate mining of all types within their borders. The landowners contend the state’s ...