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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:48 pm | Updated: 1:52 pm, Wed Jan 23, 2013.

SOMERSET — The decades-old debate over uranium mining in Virginia has been reignited by Virginia Uranium Inc.’s efforts to end a 1982 state moratorium on digging out the radioactive ore. The General Assembly is expected to consider an end to the ban in its 2012 session in what could spark a pitched environmental battle.

While the company says it’s focused on a single huge deposit in southern Virginia, opponents fear that an end to the ban would lead to mines around the state. Studies and geological analyses suggest other deposits could be found in the state, including this Orange County farming community in the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains.

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