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River groups seek say on Virginia uranium lawsuit

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Two water-protection groups are seeking a say in a lawsuit aimed at ending Virginia's decades-long moratorium on uranium mining.

Friday in U.S. District Court in Danville, attorneys for the Dan River Basin Association and the Roanoke River Basin Association will argue that they should be allowed to intervene in the lawsuit.

It was brought by Virginia Uranium Inc., the company that wants to mine a rich deposit of the radioactive ore in Pittsylvania County. The company failed to win the General Assembly's backing to end the mining ban, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe made it clear he was opposed to lifting a moratorium put in place in the 1980s.

Virginia Uranium has named McAuliffe and other state officials in its lawsuit, contending the federal government has regulatory oversight over uranium mining.

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