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Mitch Tobin

GC Uranium - Ongoing Contamination

Ongoing Contamination

GC Uranium - Kanab North

GC Uranium - Kanab North
Michael Collier

Danger: Keep Out

Studies of the Grand Canyon's uranium mine sites reveal an alarming pattern of radiological contamination. In 2010, the USGS found radioactive dust several hundred feet from the Kanab North Mine Site at more than 10 times the background concentration for uranium.

GC Uranium - Unsafe for drinking

GC Uranium - Unsafe for drinking

Unsafe to drink

In 2010, the USGS reported that 15 springs and five wells near uranium mines in Grand Canyon watersheds have dissolved uranium concentrations that exceed drinking water standards. Currently, there are no regulations requiring long-term groundwater monitoring below uranium mine sites. 

Grand Canyon - Protect the Grand Canyon from toxic uranium mining

Protect the Grand Canyon from toxic uranium mining

GC Uranium - wildlife

GC Uranium - wildlife
Taylor McKinnon

Poisoning wildlife

Water is scarce in the desert, and  collecting ponds filled with contaminated mine water tempt wildlife with poisonous, radioactive water. Unsuspecting birds, small mammals, and insects drink from the ponds, which have dissolved uranium concentrations up to 80 times the safe drinking water standards. 

 

 

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Uranium Claims Surrounding Grand Canyon

Uranium Claims Map

GC Uranium - by the numbers

By the Numbers

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Uranium claims that are potentially viable within the Withdrawn area.

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Springs that have uranium concentrations that exceed EPA's standards for safe drinking water.

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Uranium mines on the North and South Rims currently in various stages of operation.

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People who depend on the Colorado River for clean, safe drinking water.

GC Uranium - How we got here

GC Uranium - How we got here
Eco Flight

How we got here

In the 1980s, the BLM approved plans of operations for numerous uranium mines on the outskirts of Grand Canyon National Park. When uranium prices plummeted in the early 1990s, the operators placed the mines in a regulatory purgatory known as "non-operation, "  where the mines sat idle for the next two decades. When uranium prices surged again, federal agencies allowed operations to resume without new environmental reviews. 

GC Uranium - Stop canyon mine

Working in a coalition with the Havasupai Tribe and other conservation groups, the Grand Canyon Trust sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow Canyon uranium mine to open without adequate tribal consultation or updating a 1986 federal environmental review. 

GC Uranium - Canyon Mine

GC Uranium - Canyon Mine

Fighting Canyon Mine

Few people realize how close they are to a uranium mine when they visit Grand Canyon National Park. Located six miles south of Grand Canyon Village, Canyon Mine also sits within an area of religious and cultural importance to tribes like the Havasupai. The mine is also located above groundwater that supplies some of Grand Canyon's most treasured seeps and springs, including Havasu Springs and Havasu Creek. After a 20-year hiatus, Canyon Mine plans to resume operations this summer, but we're doing everything we can to stop it.  

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Uranium Haul Trucks: Coming Soon to a Highway Near You

The Canyon Uranium Mine, located six miles from the Grand Canyon's south rim, is set to resume operations in July. If this happens, mine owner Energy Fuels plans to truck uranium ore through Flagstaff and dozens of small communities en route to White Mesa Uranium Mill in southeastern Utah.

GC Uranium - Next Steps

We are asking the government to take a fresh look at these mines and acknowledge a quarter-century of new information.

Uranium Blog

02/22/17

A uranium mine threatens to truck 500,000 tons of ore through Bears Ears National Monument.

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01/26/17

There's good and bad in an updated rule to curb air pollution from radioactive uranium mills.

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01/6/17

The White House's decision not to designate the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument leaves the Grand Canyon vulnerable to uranium mining.

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Grand Canyon - Protect the Grand Canyon from toxic uranium mining

Protect the Grand Canyon from toxic uranium mining
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