Uranium debate coming

uranium6The debate on uranium mining in Virginia is destined to be a part of the General Assembly session, which opens Wednesday. The Virginian-Pilot had a front page story today about it. Included with the story is a list of the Hampton Roads lawmakers and their stances on lifting the ban, as follows:

Against mining Undecided No response
Sen. Kenny Alexander, D-Norfolk Sen. Harry Blevins, R-Chesapeake Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton
Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News
Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach Del. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake Del. Algie Howell, D-Norfolk
Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach Del. Bob Purkey, R-Virginia Beach
Del. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County Del. Bob Tata, R-Virginia Beach
Del. Daun Hester, D-Norfolk Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk
Del. Sal Iaquinto, R-Virginia Beach
Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth
Del. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack County
Del. Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach
Del. Ron Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach
Del. Johnny Joannou, D-Portsmouth

This is not, as you can see, a partisan issue. Perhaps the most interesting part of this is that none are willing – yet – to admit support of lifting the ban.


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