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Worker Hazards Could Rise if High Court Allows Va. Uranium Mine

Jan. 9, 2019, 10:46 AM

The potential hazards to workers of uranium mining could become a bigger concern if a Supreme Court case allows a Virginia company to move forward with a mine.

The last underground uranium mine ceased operation in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration. While the mining involves the same worker hazards as other types of underground mining such as coal and hard rock, it also carries distinct threats such as exposure to radon, which emits radioactive material that can cause lung cancer.

Mine operator Virginia Uranium Inc. has for years sought to open a new underground mine in Pittsylvania County, ...