McDonnell's Office Gets Hundreds of Letters, Calls In Favor Of Uranium Mining Ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell is hearing from hundreds of people who want him to keep in place a ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

The governor's office says as of Friday, 894 calls, letters, emails and faxes were received in support of the ban, with 171 supporting mining.

The call on the ban is not McDonnell's to make but he could keep the issue alive this year. He's been asked to use his executive powers to direct the drafting of regulations for mining. The General Assembly would still have to act to end a decades-old prohibition on uranium mining.

The debate is being fueled by a company's quest to tap a deposit of the ore in Pittsylvania County.

McDonnell has said he has not arrived at a position on the issue