Pittsylvania Co., VA - The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution to urge the General Assembly to keep the state's ban on uranium mining in place.
Last month supervisors tabled a vote on a similar resolution because they felt it was not worded strongly enough.Now, the wording reflects the writers' firm belief in maintaining the ban, and the board is finally ready to vote.
Supervisor Marshall Ecker was one of the authors of the new resolution that he hopes will keep uranium mining out of Pittsylvania County.
"It's not my resolution, it is the people's resolution, and that's what we're trying to do...to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people," said Ecker.
The resolution was originally worded to protect the residents near the mining sites if the ban is lifted, but Ecker says he wanted to send a clear message that he and others on the board are strongly opposed to the mining.
"We need to let other counties and other government agencies know that Pittsylvania County is taking a stand," said Ecker.
Only four votes are needed for the resolution to pass, then they will send it to officials in Richmond.
Ecker hopes that passing the resolution would urge those pushing for the ban to be lifted, to reconsider whether the risks outweigh the benefits.
"If those people are saying that they're going to accept it, they're living in a dream world because in reality, a mistake is going to happen, and guess what? We are going to have to live with those mistakes," said Ecker.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at Shields Courthouse in Chatham at 7 PM.