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Why put up with it?

SoVaNow.com / October 11, 2012
Dear Viewpoint:

As a long time historic property preservationist I had the good fortune in 1994 to find an interesting abandoned farm house to restore.

It is in Halifax County Virginia. I brought the property back to “show place” status. Good planning and plenty of money did the trick.

Every one who visits (family,friends and the like) find it to their liking. My house and the Halifax country side are a beautiful place to live.

However, with old age coming on, I must sell. I am having trouble doing so. The national economic conditions don’t help. But the cap of the stack is the pending uranium mining a few miles down the road. Potential buyers who like the property, say “not interested” after they become aware of the uranium venture. People don’t want to buy property near a uranium mine.

All people with property to sell in south central Virginia and north central North Carolina are or will be adversely affected if this uranium matter is not stopped now. The ban over uranium mining in Virginia should be extended for years to come (forever would be better).

No one living east of the Mississippi River has ever had to put up with uranium mining in their back yards, so why should we?

Ralph Wileman
Vernon Hill, Virginia

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