Friday, May 29, 2009

Creigh Deeds: Against Mining

Thursday, May 28, 2009

By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer

Creigh Deeds said Wednesday that if he is elected governor in November, he expects to fulfill the state’s commitment to complete the widening of U.S. 58 across southern Virginia.

“You’ve got 680 miles of U.S. 58 from Virginia Beach to Cumberland Gap. The state made a commitment 20 years ago to four-lane” the highway, he said in a phone interview. “I plan on fulfilling that commitment,” particularly from Interstate 77 east. To pay for it, “I would bring Democrats and Republicans to the table. I would bring senators and delegates to the table” to come up with a funding source, Deeds said.


He also said he supports the study of uranium mining in Pittsylvania County but “the proof threshold is high” to allow such mining in the commonwealth.

“I don’t see how you can mine uranium in any area of Virginia. There’s too much rainfall. How do you develop a liner and cap that will protect tailings from contaminating the groundwater?” asked Deeds, who formerly lived in Danville.
(emphasis mine...SB)

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