Phone 2 Action - Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act Hearing (Senate)

Uranium mining has a history of radioactive contamination in and around Grand Canyon National Park, polluting water, air, and land.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining heard testimony on the Grand Canyon Protection Act, a bill to permanently ban new uranium mines and claims on public lands around the national park.

Please take a minute to compose a note to subcommittee member Senator Mark Kelly, D-AZ, who introduced the bill:

  • Thank Senator Kelly for introducing S. 387, the Grand Canyon Protection Act.
  • Urge Senator Kelly to push for a full committee vote before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • Explain why protecting the Grand Canyon matters to you.
  • Share a personal story of your connection to the Grand Canyon.
  • Explain why you support permanently protecting the Grand Canyon region from uranium mining.

Some facts and figures you might include:

  • Mining threatens to contaminate the Redwall-Muav Aquifer, which feeds seeps and springs inside the Grand Canyon and provides the sole source of water to the Havasupai Tribe.
  • The Grand Canyon is an economic engine. Uranium mining is not an economic driver in the region, but tourism and outdoor recreation are. Thousands of jobs depend on a healthy Grand Canyon. In 2019, Grand Canyon tourism supported 11,800 jobs and visitors spent $891 million in local gateway communities.
  • The Grand Canyon is the wrong place to mine uranium. The Grand Canyon region holds only 0.2 percent of identified uranium resource areas in the United States. 
  • Arizona voters strongly support a permanent mining ban around the Grand Canyon. Strong majorities of voters across the political spectrum support continuing the ban.

Act now. Urge Senator Kelly to push for a vote on the Grand Canyon Protection Act before the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

 
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