Uranium opponents press Virginia candidates for governor

POSTED: 4:23 AM May 21 2013   UPDATED: 5:55 PM May 21 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -

Opponents of uranium mining in Virginia met with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on the issue and they said he's solidly in their corner.     

A meeting with the Republican nominee for governor, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, has yet to be arranged.      

Gov. Bob McDonnell, meantime, has not decided his response to a February suggestion that he direct state agencies to put uranium mining regulations in place to help guide the 2014 General Assembly if it considers ending a decades-old prohibition on uranium mining in Virginia.    

Two who attended the Danville meeting with McAuliffe said he stated he was clearly opposed to ending the state's 1982 moratorium on uranium mining.    

McAuliffe has stated in the past that he would need to be certain that mining uranium could be done safely.