Chamber of Commerce Takes Stance on Uranium Mining

Danville, VA-- The Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has now taken their stance on uranium mining.

They released a statement on Tuesday saying they believe the moratorium on uranium mining and milling should not be lifted.Their decision came after the board of directors read studies and went to the public forums.

The Chamber said they did consider the possible economic benefits. However, the board said there are still unanswered questions about safety. They are also concerned it could negatively effect businesses.

"The Chamber is a pro-business, pro- economic development organization," Chamber president Laurie Moran said. "We wanted to make sure we protected the jobs that were here as well as the future jobs that might come here."

In the statement the Chamber also said they oppose the development of a uranium permitting program and anything that would help end the ban.