Ban on Uranium Claims to Protect Grand Canyon announced today
- Click here for press release from the conservation community.
- Click here for press release from Department of Interior
- Click here to see the Record of Decision (ROD)
- Click here for statement from NRDC
- Click here for video from Department of Interior
- Click here for a statement from Congressman Grijalva
- Click here for a video from Coconino County Supervisor Carl Taylor and others.
Please join the Grand Canyon Trust in celebrating the landmark decision to ban new uranium claims on more than one-million acres of public lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Your support made it happen!
Today, Secretary of the Interior Salazar ordered a 20-year moratorium on thousands of new mining claims that threaten to industrialize watersheds, which drain directly into Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. The decision culminates a successful, four-year campaign that the Trust initiated in response to a surge in new mining activity as uranium prices began to soar in 2006.
We thank Secretary Salazar for his decision to protect one of America’s most iconic landmarks and we ask that you thank him too. Please call his office at 202-208-6291 and let him know you support the decision. You may also want to participate in National Parks Conservation Association’s action alert.
The 20-year ban was achieved through an unprecedented and formidable coalition of tribal, business, and civic leaders, hunting, fishing, ranching, and conservation groups, water, wildlife, city, and county officials, Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, and nearly 300,ooo individuals who commented favorably on the proposed moratorium. Congressmen Norm Dicks, James Moran, Edward Markey and Senator Jeff Bingaman were also instrumental.
The Trust deeply appreciates your unwavering support. Without our dedicated members and donors, none of this would be possible. We also applaud and thank all of our allies, as well as the Secretary of the Interior and this administration for their foresight and leadership.
While we celebrate this historic decision, the battle continues to secure a permanent ban through passage of the Grand Canyon Watersheds Protection Act. At risk are wildlife habitat, endangered species, springs, sacred sites, and established tourism businesses that produce nearly $1 billion in regional revenues each year. Decades of damage done during the last uranium boom have devastated the lives of Havasupai and Navajo people and are costing tax payers billions to treat polluted mine and mill sites. No remediation is possible for permanently polluted ground and surface waters in dozens of areas located within the Canyon and throughout the region.
The Grand Canyon Trust remains vigilant, ensuring that existing environmental laws are enforced on established uranium mines and that all due precaution is applied in protecting the Grand Canyon for future generations.
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- Arizona Republic
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- NY Times enviromental blog
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- LA Times editorial 1/11
- Las Vegas Sun
- Environmental News Service (ENS)
- The Hill
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- Think Progress
- The News Tribune
- National Parks Traveler
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