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  • Local group forms in support of uranium mining in Virginia

    According to a news story in the Gazette-Virginian, a new local group called People for Economic Prosperity has embarked on a campaign in support of developing a promising uranium deposit at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, roughly 30 miles north of the North Carolina border.

    Experts consider the deposit the “the nation’s richest untapped source of uranium oxide.” In order to harness the deposit’s potential, Virginia’s 1982 moratorium on mining uranium would have to be lifted, and the local debate has sparked a national controversy over the merits of uranium mining.

    As industry figures place the United States’ reliance on foreign imports of uranium to meet domestic needs at a whopping 95 percent, and in light of uranium’s relevance as reactor fuel, it is a debate worth having.

    While environmentalists are quick to dismiss any uranium mining proposals as risky and harmful to the environment, People for Economic Prosperity points to impressive Canadian mining successes using the highest safety standards and stringent regulations, and argues that the Coles Hill deposit “can and will be mined safely and that Pittsylvania County will benefit immensely from the direct and indirect economic benefits including jobs and capital investment.”

    To learn more about the group, visit www.PEPsouthside.org (after the end of the month, as the group’s website is currently under construction).

  • Uranium Enrichment Technology: Job Creator and Energy Resource

    As Congress and the Administration continue to play politics over how to create jobs in the U.S., a uranium enrichment project and its jobs are in limbo.  In Piketon, Ohio, a community of about 2,000, USEC, Inc. operates the American Centrifuge project. USEC and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have been in discussions about how to continue to move this this Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) project forward.

    U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) recently met with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss this pending $2 billion loan guarantee from DOE. If the political obstacles can be overcome, the project will create 4000 construction jobs and 400 long-term jobs.

    The American Centrifuge project uses an innovative technology to produce enriched uranium. If Congress and the Administration are truly serious about job creation, look no further than this project. And there’s a bonus here too for those who seeking to expand our domestic energy resources and reduce our dependence on foreign supply sources.

  • Kicking Off Copper Month With a Bang

    As American Resources launches “Copper Month,” Instapundit blog provides a link to a story that kicks us off with a bang, though thankfully not the thermo-nuclear kind. U.S. Oak Ridge Laboratory, home of super-secret nuclear weapons work during World War II, is auctioning off artifacts from the Manhattan Project.  Among them, massive magnets called “D-Rings,” [...]
  • Priority permitting for two Alaska mining projects approved

    As reported by Resourceful Earth, two Alaska mining projects may begin production ahead of schedule thanks to priority permits granted by the U.S. Forest Service.  The agency approved exploratory drilling permits for Ucore Rare Metals Inc.’s Bokan Mountain site in Southeast Alaska, which is expected to develop rare earths as well as potentially high grade [...]
  • Uranium find in India to reduce dependence on imports

    According to news reports, India has discovered what its government claims could be the world’s largest uranium reserves in a mine due to start operating by the end of the year.  The nation’s Department of Atomic Energy recently confirmed that the Tumalapalli mine in the southern state of Andrha Pradesh holds 49,000 metric tons of uranium, [...]
  • Rhodia, Areva team up to develop REE and Uranium

    Rhodia Rare Earth Systems, one of only two rare earths producers in Europe, has entered into a cooperative agreement with French nuclear group Areva, according to AFP. The agreement between the two companies spells out a plan to jointly develop and exploit previously untapped deposits containing a mix of uranium and rare earths elements (REEs). [...]
  • Russia to rethink prospecting policies in Africa?

    In yet another indication that a global race for resources is in full swing, this opinion piece carried by the Russian news agency Ria Novosti suggests that Russia, a generally resource-rich country, should rethink its long-held position that prospecting for minerals outside its own territory is not necessary.  According to the author, Africa, another area [...]