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Congressman Hurt Stepping Back from Uranium Mining Debate

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Congressman Robert Hurt is backing out of the fight over the General Assembly's controversial bill to lift Virginia's ban on uranium mining.

The proposed bill turned out protesters at the capitol in Richmond Monday. The 31-year-old ban became a point of contention from Hurt's democratic challenger in last year's campaign. Ending the ban would allow Virginia Uranium Incorporated to tap into the radioactive ore deposit in Hurt's hometown of Pittsylvania County.

"I trust those folks to go down there and trust the General Assembly as a whole to make the right decision for Virginia. The last thing the folks in Richmond need is advice from Washington," said Hurt.

Hurt repeated that same mantra throughout the campaign, that uranium mining is a state issue.  The bill is scheduled to go before a state senate committee Thursday.

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