Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

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Edward P. Rudden – President and Owner, Accordia Consulting

URANIUM MINING IN VIRGINIA DEEMED SAFE

The Heartland Institute of Chicago, a think-tank and national authority on groundwater hydrology and nuclear energy, has issued a new report concluding that the Commonwealth of Virginia's vast and undeveloped uranium deposits can be mined safely and with minimal environmental impact.  This study provides support to plans currently in place to lift an over 25 year old moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia.

Virginia's Cole Hill uranium deposit is one of the largest undeveloped sources of uranium left in the world and has been projected to produce over 120 million pounds of "yellow cake" over its lifetime - enough to meet Virginia's current nuclear needs for the next 75 years.

The following are some of the report's key findings and conclusions regarding the safety of uranium mining.

  • Since the 1970s modern best practices and stringent regulation have successfully protected surface and groundwater systems near uranium operations.
  • International standards, robust national and state regulations, and substantial national and state regulatory experience will guide uranium mining and safety practices in Virginia.
  • The risk to the public of radiation exposure from uranium mining and milling activities is negligible and significantly lower than the radiation exposure from natural background sources. This means the risk of cancer or other adverse health impacts is negligible, or effectively zero.
  • Virginia’s regulatory agencies currently regulate 247 active coal mines and 455 nonfuel mineral mines throughout the state, where they manage many of the same public health, worker safety, and environmental risks posed by uranium mining including radon.

For more information or to read the full report, please click here.

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Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?