Halifax Co., VA - Uranium mining opponents in Halifax County are bringing a new documentary to the area that may raise a few eyebrows.
Father and daughter duo Jack and Sarah Dunavant have been fighting against uranium mining for years.After learning about the film Hot Water, they knew they wanted to bring the documentary to the people on the Southside.
"I hope it will give them some insight into what has happened. I mean, this actually happened. This is not some theory, " said Jack Dunavant, Chairman of anti-uranium group We The People, Inc.
The film spans nine different states and documents families and towns that claim to have been devastated by the effects of uranium: from cancer to polluted drinking water. "To hear these families who know that this has come and robbed them of their future, and to think that someone wants to come here and do this to our community," said We The People, Inc. Secretary Sarah Dunavant, but some researchers say the film's claims are outdated.
"It's an efficiently regulated process now, and quite frankly, we see it happening all over the world very safely, " said Jack Spencer.
Spencer is a Senior Nuclear Energy Research Fellow with The Heritage Foundation. He says times have changed since the mines that are shown in the film were in operation, but he also says it is important for folks in the community to stay informed.
"People need to make their own decisions. They should not allow a documentary to decide for them, they shouldn't allow me to decide for them. People need to do their homework, " Spencer said.
Sarah Dunavant says that's exactly why she wants people to see the film and know what the possibilities are.
"We have a lot to lose and we're not going to lose, " she said.
The free screening of Hot Water is this Saturday at Halifax County High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. They've invited all the area government officials to attend as well.