December 2, 2015
by Michael Martz
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other state officials that challenged the state’s moratorium on the mining of uranium. U.S. District Court Judge Jackson L. Kiser issued a 21-page decision on Wednesday to dismiss the suit, which Virginia Uranium Inc. and a trio of affiliated companies had brought against state officials for refusing to consider a permit for mining an estimated 119-million-pound uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County.
Kiser, ruling for the court’s western district based in Danville, said the companies could not sue McAuliffe, two of his Cabinet secretaries, and officials for the Virginia Department of Environmental Control because they are not “sufficiently connected” to the moratorium, first enacted in 1982.