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Virginia Uranium-Mining Ban Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court (1)

June 17, 2019, 2:37 PMUpdated: June 17, 2019, 5:03 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Virginia law that bans mining at the nation’s largest known uranium deposit, rejecting a challenge pressed by the owners of the property with help from the Trump administration.

Voting 6-3, the justices said Virginia’s uranium-mining ban is in accord with the U.S. Atomic Energy Act, a 1954 law that gives federal regulators power over nuclear safety. The majority divided in its reasoning.

“Every indication in the law before us suggests that Congress elected to leave mining regulation on private land to the states and grant the NRC regulatory authority only after uranium is removed ...

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