In 2013, reports revealed that Virginia Uranium, Inc., the company responsible for unrelenting efforts to lift our state’s 30-year ban on uranium mining, spent $572,607 lobbying Virginia officials over the previous year – the most of any group in Virginia, and nearly as much as the next two top spenders, Dominion Power and Altria, combined.
What these lobbying dollars hide is that, according to an analysis by the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission, we could face an $11 billion loss statewide under a worst case scenario of uranium mining—nearly twice the hoped-for best-case scenario. If the ban is lifted and mining commences, left behind will be up to 29 million tons of waste containing radioactive material, which has been linked to kidney disease, cancers, leukemia, and birth defects. Potential water contamination with these toxins could cripple downstream communities and the industries that rely on clean water.
This fall, Sierra Club and the Keep the Ban Coalition are hosting screenings of HOT WATER, which portrays the harrowing stories of citizens across the country whose families have been decimated by cancer in the aftermath of uranium mining. The producers traversed the Southwest, interviewing heartbroken survivors while collecting astounding measurements of radioactivity at abandoned mining sites marked only by tiny warning plaques. Filmmaker Lizabeth Rogers was so inspired to hear of those fighting to protect their communities in Virginia that she brought her film crew here to capture a segment for a special extended edition of the documentary.
Sign our petition today to help protect the ban! Then, check out the list of HOT WATER screenings below to find one near you! Come out early to any of the screenings to see the producer and Virginia “stars” of the film walk the red carpet and host a press conference to discuss the dangerous implications of uranium mining in Virginia.