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RTI International releases non-technical summary of uranium study

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Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:25 am

RTI International (RTI) has released a nontechnical summary of its socio-economic study concerning implications of proposed uranium mining and milling at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County in south central Virginia.

The purpose of the nontechnical summary is to provide a more reader-friendly document to use in understanding key aspects of the report findings.


This independent study, released in December 2011, was funded by the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) and focuses upon the areas served by the Foundation and adjoining communities within 50 miles of the proposed mine. DRF provided a grant of up to $530,000 to fund this study.

RTI, an internationally known nonprofit research organization with an annual budget in excess of $700 million and a staff of thousands of scientists, economists, engineers, and economic development experts located in offices around the world, was selected by DRF to undertake this research after a competitive application process. RTI appointed Katherine Heller as Project Director, assembled a diverse team of economists, social, ecological and health scientists for this project and began work in November 2010.


The RTI study offers area and state decision-makers and residents accurate information on potential economic, social, and environmental impacts regarding differing mining, milling and waste management technologies under several different scenarios. In addition, RTI examined impacts the mine and mill might place upon county and local government services, in addition to their effect on county and local government finances.

Results are being shared widely with citizens, decision-makers, and public officials in the focus area and in Richmond.

Links to the nontechnical summary, full study, executive summary and fact sheet are available at and



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