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October 13, 2010

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New TV Ad in Perriello Race from League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club

Robert Hurt Puts Uranium Business Ties over Community Interest

Charlottesville, VA - Today the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club jointly released a new television ad highlighting Virginia’s 5th District GOP candidate Robert Hurt and his father's ties to the uranium industry.  While serving as a Virginia state senator, Hurt voted in favor of industry interests and against public health, allowing uranium mining projects to move forward, despite evidence that uranium mining can lead to radioactive contamination of air and ground water, causing cancer and birth defects.  The six-figure buy will have the ad running on broadcast and cable in the district through the end of the election.

“With his father's connections to the uranium industry, and a moratorium on the mining already in place, Robert Hurt has tough questions to answer about his position on risky uranium mining in Virginia,” said Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club’s Political Director. “We are working to get the word out that we can’t let extremists like Robert Hurt vote for their own business interests over the interests of Virginians.”

Hurt is a Tea Party-supported candidate who opposes legislation to create more jobs, less pollution and greater security by refusing to hold corporate polluters accountable for their share of climate change pollution.

“Voters in Virginia’s fifth district have a choice this election: they can vote for Robert Hurt who would side with corporate polluters over Virginia families, or they can re-elect Tom Perriello who has proven his commitment to bringing new clean energy jobs to Virginia and making America less dependent on foreign oil,” said Tony Massaro, LCV’s Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. “Hurt’s support for the failed dirty energy policies of the past makes him the wrong choice for Virginia.”

Both the LCV Action Fund and the Sierra Club have endorsed Tom Perriello for his strong leadership on clean energy legislation.

The TV ad can be viewed at  






It was a shocking conflict of interest.
A key vote on the future of Uranium mining.  

Shocking Conflict of interest

“'Hurt concedes he's in an 'uncomfortable situation' because his father, retired Readers' Digest editor Henry Hurt, is an investor and actively involved in Virginia Uranium.” (WPCVA, January 9, 2008)

Robert Hurt should have stepped aside – but he
voted yes.

Voted Yes

Hurt's vote in favor of conducting the study to determine if uranium mining is safe:  SB 525, Virginia State Senate Vote, 2/12/08
Text of the bill:

Maybe its because Hurt’s father has a financial interest in Uranium mining – or because Hurt has taken thousands from Uranium interests.

Father Has A Financial Interest in Uranium
Taken Thousands From Uranium Interests.

Robert Hurt is the son of Henry Hurt, co-financier and developer of the project.
“Sen. Robert Hurt, a Pittsylvania Republican, is the son of a project investor.”
(Richmond Times Dispatch, March 9, 2008)
“Thirty other people have invested in the company, several of whom live in the area, including Henry Hurt, a former editor for Reader's Digest. Hurt's son Robert served three terms in the House before winning his Senate seat.”
List of donors to Robert Hurt as a delegate is found here.  They include $1,500 from Walter Cole, the executive vice president of Virginia Uranium, and $7,000 from Henry Hurt, his father, and co-financier and developer of the project.
According to the Washington Post on January 2, 2008, Hurt’s father had financial interest in the uranium lode discovered in southern Virginia.
“Uranium Lode in Va. Is Feared, Coveted”, Washington Post, 1/2/2008

Uranium pollution can cause cancer and birth defects.

Can Cause Cancer
and Birth Defects.

Scientific studies have shown that exposure to uranium ore can lead to radiation poisoning, cancer and other defects.  Uranium mining can also radioactively contaminate underground water and soil.
“Technical Report on Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials from Uranium Mining.  Volume 2: Investigation of Potential Health, Geographic, and Environmental Issues of Abandoned Uranium Mines”, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Radiation Protection Division, August 2007.

But Robert Hurt voted his interest – not yours.

Robert Hurt Voted
His Interest – Not Yours.


The League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club are responsible for the content of this advertising

The League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club are responsible for the content of this advertising. Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters,, and the Sierra Club, Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.


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