We are excited to remind everyone that this Friday, November 1, the W&L Journal on Energy, Climate, and the Environment will be hosting our fall symposium: Uranium Mining in Virginia. Schedules will be provided at the W&L School of Law Moot Court Room, but for a preview of what fantastic speakers will be joining us, click here: Fall Panel Schedule
The W&L Law Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment presents our 2013 fall symposium, “Uranium Mining in Virginia.”
November 1, 2013
Millhiser Moot Court Room
Sydney Lewis Hall
Washington and Lee University School of Law
+ Robert Bodnar, Ph. D., Prof. of Geochemistry at Virginia Tech
+ Cale Jaffe, Southern Environmental Law Institute
+ Chris Pugsley, Thompson & Pugsley, PLLC
+ Frank Settle, Ph. D., Prof. of Chemistry at Washington and Lee University
+ Kristin Szakos, Vice Mayor of Charlottesville
For more information please contact Casey Coleman at email@example.com
Dominion declared their interest yesterday in some of the offshore wind leases off the Virginia coast. We previously wrote about these leases here. Dominion has been studying how they can profit from this renewable generation for the past couple of years, and received a grant from the DOE to research how generation costs can be reduced.
Dominion is frequently criticized for their lack of investment in renewable energy. Even here at JECE Blog we occasionally question their motives. So building some offshore wind turbines and developing this technology would be a strong showing by Dominion of their interest in renewable power. The next step is for BOEM to start the bidding process for these leases.
In other news, the uranium mining working group put together by Gov. McDonnell will meet in Chatham on June 18th to discuss the possibility of mining uranium in Virginia. Apparently they will be having a few more meetings in the fall; maybe we can convince them to hold one here at W&L. If anyone is still in Virginia over the summer, you should think about going!
Dominion Virginia Power Expresses Interest in Coastal Area Designated for Offshore Wind Generation (Dominion)
June’s uranium workgroup meeting in Chatham (GoDanRiver.com)
Gov. McDonnell has come out in opposition of lifting the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia this year, but he plans to create a group to draft potential uranium mining regulations. Virginia Uranium, the company lobbying to repeal the moratorium, appears to be pleased with the decision, as they should be. But, they still have a long way to go before these regulations could be put in place and the moratorium lifted.
Letter from Gov. McDonnell
Virginia Governor Directs the State Regulatory Agencies to Develop Draft Uranium Mining Regulations in 2012 (WSJ)
Gov. McDonnell opposes lifting ban on uranium mining in Virginia this year (Washington Post)
Reaction mixed to gov’s uranium decision (ABC 13)
Uranium Moratorium (Governors Journal)
Good Move on Uranium (Bacon’s Rebellion)