September 09, 2019

Case Brief: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Ban on Uranium Mining

Jerry Bonanno

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Virginia’s ban on uranium mining in an unusual 3-3-3 decision. Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren, 139 S.Ct. 1894 (2019). The petitioners in the case sought to use conventional mining techniques to remove uranium ore from a site located near Coles Hill, Virginia, and mill the extracted uranium to produce “yellowcake” for sale to uranium enrichment facilities. The waste or “tailings” produced by the milling process would also be managed near the mining site. Id. at 1900. 

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