Green Scene Blog: Ways to help now

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Hi, folks. A couple of unrelated ways to help the planet right now (beyond everything I know you’re already doing–turning off the lights, etc.).

Number one, mark your calendar for a public meeting regarding the safety of uranium mining in Virginia. It’s happening Thursday, March 29, at 7pm in the main ballroom of the Boar’s Head Inn. Representatives from the National Academy of Sciences will be there to share results of the NAS report on uranium, which painted a none-too-rosy picture of what mining and milling could do to Virginia’s environment. (A longstanding ban on uranium activity was recently upheld through the end of 2012, but it’s still possible that proposed mining could go forward at some point in the next few years.)

Members of the public–that’s y’all–can ask questions about their findings, and about the recent news that Governor McDonnell created a Uranium Working Group to draft laws and regulations for uranium mining (just in case the longtime mining ban gets lifted, apparently). The group will be working without public scrutiny, and the PEC and other groups are worried about transparency.

Go to the meeting to learn more, and to register concern. Though the NAS isn’t calling the shots on whether mining will go forward, a good turnout can’t hurt the case in Richmond.

Number two, the Eco Fair (which happens this year exactly on Earth Day, April 22) needs volunteers to help plan the event. Contact volunteer@earthweek.org if you wanna lend a hand.

Over and out!

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