Libraries are, as I have noted before, all about connecting people with the information they need. In the interests of doing just that, I am posting links here to all three of the uranium mining studies that have been released in the last month.
Democracy rests on the premise that citizens stay informed about issues. Many who live in this area have awaited these studies with great anticipation. To be truly informed, however, it is necessary for us not only to read news accounts of what they say, but also to become familiar with the findings ourselves.
I would only suggest that if you are not going to read these studies–and they are lengthy–at least read the nontechnical summary of the National Academy of Sciences report. That begins on page nine of the report. It’s a mere ten pages long, and it’s a good starting point.
Here’s where you can find each of the reports:
National Academy of Sciences Report: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13266
The Chmura uranium study, The Socioeconomic Impact of Uranium Mining and Milling in the Chatham Labor Shed, Virginia is here, as is the National Academy of Sciences report: http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cec/files/chmura_study.pdf
Finally, the study commissioned by the Danville Regional Foundation, conducted by RTI, can be accessed here: http://www.drfonline.org/news/2011/20111215-RTI-Uranium-Study.php