Uranium; establishes process for DMME to issue permits for mining of uranium ore, report. (SB1353)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Uranium mining; penalties. Establishes a process for the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) to issue permits for the mining of uranium ore. DMME, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Health, State Corporation Commission, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of Historic Resources, and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is required to adopt regulations governing uranium mining. DMME shall not accept an application for a uranium mining permit from an applicant unless the applicant had a valid permit for uranium exploration on July 1, 2013. DMME shall not accept an application for a permit to mine uranium at a location more than 10 miles from an area for which a uranium exploration permit was in effect on January 1, 2012. Permit holders are required to pay application fees and annual fees, which shall be sufficient to defray the costs of administering the uranium mining program. The measure establishes the Uranium Administrative Fund, Uranium Response Fund, and Long-Term Monitoring Fund, which will be funded by fees assessed on permittees. A permittee that violates a permit condition or provision of law or regulation may be subject to civil penalties. A person who conducts uranium mining without a permit, violates a condition of a permit, fails to comply with a regulation or order, makes certain false statements, violates recordkeeping requirements, or impedes the DMME in its performance of duties is subject to criminal penalties. A uranium mining permit shall not be issued to an applicant unless the applicant is licensed by the State Corporation Commission as a uranium development corporation, the requirements for which are established by this measure. The Commission is authorized to suspend a uranium development license if it finds that a licensee is not in compliance with financial responsibility requirements or if it receives notice of a determination by an agency that an operation is being conducted in violation of a permit or license. The Commission may revoke a uranium development license if it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the license holder has failed to correct a condition for which its license was suspended or has committed other specified acts. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103645D
01/18/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/29/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1353)
01/31/2013Stricken at request of Patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2330.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

The New York Times points out that Virginia Uranium has 20 lobbyists at the General Assembly right now. That's astounding.

Erica Gray writes:

No to uranium mining in Virginia ~ Keep the ban!

Bill Finley writes:

I strongly oppose SB 1353.

Thank you,

Bill Finley