Pittsylvania Co., VA - The controversial issue of uranium mining is taking center stage Monday at Chatham High School in Pittsylvania County.
State officials studying the proposed uranium mine is holding its first public hearing.
The public will be updated on ongoing studies and get an opportunity to ask questions.
Both parties for and against are encouraging the public to come out and get involved.
"I think that's a great forum for people to put a question to the work group and have an opportunity for a response," said Patrick Wales, project manager for Virginia Uranium.
"It's their money involved and it's their community. This is our community we can't let someone in Richmond or other places, Canada make decisions for us. This is our community," said Andrew Lester, executive director for the Roanoke River Basin Association.
The group of officials will report back to Governor McDonnell later this year. McDonnell will then take that information and make a recommendation to the General Assembly whether or not to lift the moratorium on uranium mining.