VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A National Academy of Sciences panel that examined the prospect of uranium mining in Virginia has scheduled its final meeting on the report.

Several members of the NAS panel that delivered the report, “Uranium Mining in Virginia,” will be in attendance May 31 in Virginia Beach to brief the public.

The report examined several aspects of mining and processing uranium in Virginia. It concluded a number of health and environmental issues must be addressed before Virginia considers an end to a 30-year ban on uranium mining.

Virginia Uranium Inc. has proposed mining a deposit in Pittsylvania County that is among the largest in the world.

The company has faced fierce opposition from some Southside residents and environmentalists. They say mining is not worth the environmental risk.

The company disagrees.

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