Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Uranium Forum in Roanoke::July 27

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Public Forum on Uranium Mining in Virginia

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday, July 27
Whitman Theater, Business Science Building
Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke

Sponsored by the Cabell Brand Center
For Global Poverty and Resource Sustainability Studies, Salem

8:30 a.m.                    Registration, coffee

9:00-9:10 a.m.           Introduction—Dr. Tamim Younos, Executive Vice President, The Cabell Brand Center
                                    Moderator—Dr. Rupert Cutler, member, Advisory Board, The Cabell Brand Center

9:10-9:20 a.m.           Welcome—Robert H. Sandel, President, Virginia Western Community College

9:20—9:30 a.m.        Local Perspectives--Roanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea

9:30-10:00 a.m.        Summary of National Research Council Report on Uranium Mining in Virginia and Personal Evaluation—Dr. Peter L. DeFur, Member, NRC Committee; Research Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

10:00-10:30 a.m.      Reasons to Support the Mining of Uranium in Virginia—Dr. Robert Bodnar, C. C. Garvin Professor of Geochemistry and University Distinguished Professor of Geosciences, Virginia Tech

10:30-10:50 a.m.      Coffee Break

10:50-11:20 a.m.      Public Health Issues—Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, President and Founding Dean, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

11:20-11:50 p.m       Ecological Impacts and Food Supply Concerns—Dr. Renee Goddard, Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies, Hollins University

11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.         Box Lunch

12:30-12:50 p.m.      Weather, Water, and Remediation Issues—Broaddus Fitzpatrick,  J.D., Consultant to Chmura Economics & Analytics, authors of The Socioeconomic Impact of Uranium Mining and Milling in the Chatham Labor Shed, Virginia

12:50-1:10 p.m.        Benefits and Risks—Freeda Cathcart, FLMI,  Formerly Reinsurance Claims Processor, Skandia Reinsurance; Reinsurance Broker, C.E. Heath in Lloyd's of London; Reinsurance Specialist, Shenandoah Life Insurance Co.

1:10-1:30 p.m.           Summary of Concerns Regarding Environmental Impacts—Cale Jaffe, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center

1:30-1:45 p.m.           Coffee Break

1:45-2:15 p.m.           How Will Virginia Regulate Uranium Mining?-- Robert G. “Bob” Burnley, President, Robert G.Burnley LLC;  Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 2002-2006

2:15-3:00 p.m.           Legislative Perspectives—John S. Edwards, Member of the Senate of Virginia representing the 21st District

3:30 p.m.               Adjourn

The agenda for the Uranium Forum in Roanoke has been announced. Cabell Brand Center (http://www.cabellbrandcenter.org/)