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Supreme Court Justices Grapple With Virginia Uranium-Mining Ban

  • Landowners seeking to mine at largest U.S. uranium deposit
  • Lower court said federal law allows Virginia ban on mining
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The U.S. Supreme Court gave a mostly favorable reception to a Virginia law that bans mining at the nation’s largest known uranium deposit, as the justices weighed a challenge pressed by the owners of the property with help from the Trump administration.

Hearing arguments in Washington Monday, the justices considered whether Virginia’s uranium-mining ban runs afoul of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act, a 1954 law that gives federal regulators power over nuclear safety.