The [State] Senate has passed legislation establishing a 2-year study on the safety of uranium mining.
Before voting 36-4 on Tuesday to pass the study, several senators stressed that they didn't support the concept but thought it wouldn't hurt to study the issue.
The study eventually could result in lifting the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia.
The proposal stems from a company's desire to tap a huge uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County. It's the largest unmined uranium deposit in the nation, worth an estimated $10 billion.