May 21, 2018 / 1:38 PM / in a month

U.S. top court takes up challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether states have the right to ban uranium mining for public health reasons in a dispute over a moratorium Virginia put in place on the radioactive metal in 1982.

The court will hear a bid by a Virginia Energy Resources Inc subsidiary and other owners of the largest U.S. uranium deposit to revive a lawsuit thrown out by a lower court that sought to invalidate Virginia’s ban because it conflicted with a federal law that regulates nuclear power generation.

Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham

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