Chatham, VA - A team of Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will join a state panel studying a range of issues relating to uranium mining and milling at a meeting Thursday night in Chatham.
Federal officials will explain their possible role in regulating uranium mining and milling if the state ends a 30-year ban on tapping the radioactive ore.
The Pittsylvania County town is the epicenter of a debate over whether Virginia should end the ban and let a company mine a deposit of the radioactive ore.
Critics of uranium mining say it poses a unique risk in Virginia.
Mining advocates say it can be done safely.