Focal Point

NOTICE: The UWG completed its function November 30, 2012 and ceased to exist as of that date. This website is no longer monitored for Public Comment and is provided for historical reference only.

In his January 19, 2012 Directive, Governor McDonnell established the group to provide a scientific policy analysis to help assess whether the moratorium on uranium mining in the Commonwealth should be lifted, and if so, how best to do so.  The Directive sets out eighteen tasks for the UWG to complete, including the creation of a draft statutory and conceptual regulatory framework which the UWG will present in the series of public meetings listed below.  The UWG will provide its findings and final report to the Governor and in turn the Uranium Mining Subcommittee of the Coal and Energy Commission. Please use the link on the left side of this page if you would like to send a comment to the UWG.  Public comment will also be accepted at each public meeting.



Scheduled Public Meetings

  • March 7, 2012

  • June 18, 2012 - 6:00 P.M.
    Virginia Coal and Energy Commission -
    Chatham High School, 100 Cavalier Circle, Chatham

  • August 2, 2012 - 6 pm (joint meeting with NRC)
    Old Dominion Agricultural Complex
    19783 US Highway 29, Suite G
    Chatham, VA 24531

  • August 28, 2012 - 6 pm
    Virginia Beach Convention Center
    1000 19th Street
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451

  • September 17, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Old Dominion Agricultural Center
    19783 US Highway 29 South
    Chatham, VA  24531

    The Virginia Department of Health will hold a public meeting on issues related to potential uranium mining and milling in Virginia.   The agenda will include:

    1. Presentation by VDH summarizing the comments and questions received to date by VDH regarding private wells and recreational water issues related to uranium mining and milling.
    2. Presentation by DEQ on ground water, surface water and air quality issues related to uranium mining and milling.
    3. Opportunity for public comments.

    The meeting is open to the public and pre-registration is not required. 

  • October 17, 2012 - 6 pm
    Old Dominion Agricultural Complex
    19783 US Highway 29, Suite G
    Chatham, VA 24531

  • November 27, 2012 - 6 pm
    Virginia Science Museum
    2500 West Broad Street
    Richmond VA 23220-2057

  • Uranium Subcommittee Meeting of the Coal and Energy Commission
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Olde Dominion Agriculture Center
    19783 US Highway 29 South
    Chatham, VA  24531

  • Private Wells and Recreational Water Use Meeting Schedule (Word Doc)

    Schedule of VDH Large Group Meetings on Uranium Mining and Water
    Date Time Area Location
    August 7, 2012

    6:00-8:00 pm

    Chatham

    Circuit Court Building
    3 North Main St. Chatham

    August 15, 2012 6:00-8:00 pm Warrenton The Bam, Lord Fairfax Community College
    6480 College St. Warrenton
    August 29, 2012 6:00-8:00 pm Virginia Beach Meyera Oberndorff Library Auditorium
    4100 Virgjnia Beach Bvld. Virginia Beach

    Schedule of VDH Small Group Meetings on Uranium Mining and Water
    Date Time Area Location
    August 8, 2012

    8:00 am -4:15 pm

    Chatham

    County Admininistration Building
    1 Center St. Chatham

    August 16, 2012 8:00 am -4:15 pm Warrenton Warrenton Rescue Squad Building
    210 Hospital Drive Warrenton, VA
    August 30, 2012 8:00 am -4:15 pm Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Health Department
    Glass Conference Room (2nd Floor)
    4452 Corporation Lane Virginia Beach


    For details on how to participate in these meetings, click here. (Word Doc)