Arizona Republic editorial says keep the ban on uranium mines

Keep the ban on uranium mines

What’s the hurry?

It took millions of years for the Grand Canyon  to form.

Yet today, the House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote to reverse  a temporary ban on new uranium mines on more than a million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon.

The six-month moratorium, announced June 20, gives the Interior Department  time to fully consider whether to impose a 20-year freeze on new uranium mines  next to one of the world’s most famous natural wonders – and Arizona’s most  famous tourism destination.

Those who oppose new uranium mines aren’t just a “handful of rabid  environmentalists,” as Arizona’s Republican Rep. Trent Franks has characterized  them

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