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Mixed Reactions to Ban on New Uranium Mining

Conservation groups are applauding the Obama administration’s final decision this week, protecting 1 million acres of public land around Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining. Today’s Interior Department “record of decision” establishes a 20-year ban on new uranium mining and mining of current claims without valid permits across 1 million acres (more than 1,500 […]

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Gosar Sponsored Legislation Passes House Floor

  Today, the first piece of legislation Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 489, passed on the floor the United States House of Representatives.   “My legislation is a common-sense solution to the bureaucratic wrangling that has occurred between the Department of Interior and Agriculture that has compromised […]

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Group Supporting Uranium Mining Moratorium

Just days before the annual celebration of National Public Lands Day, 50 Arizona business associations and small businesses have sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, voicing support for a proposed 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. The state’s national parks, monuments and other public lands they say are […]

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Future of Navajo Generating Station Uncertain

The future of the Navajo Generating Station near Page, AZ. remains uncertain.  The Interior Department has requested the U.S. Environmental Protection agency to put off a decision on pollution controls for the coal fired plant for at least six months. A decision by the EPA was expected this summer which likely would have required additional […]

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Flake Votes to Prevent Ban on Uranium Mining

Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today voted against an amendment in the House Appropriations Committee that would have removed language from the Interior Appropriations bill which blocks a moratorium on uranium mining in northern Arizona.  The amendment failed 23-26. “Uranium mining outside of Grand Canyon National Park can create jobs and […]

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Flake Protesting No. AZ Uranium Mining Moratorium

Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, is including language in the House Interior Appropriations bill that would prevent the Obama Administration from withdrawing nearly one million acres of public and National Forest System lands north and south of the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining claims and exploration.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar […]

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Moratorium on Uranium Mining Extended

The federal government today extended a moratorium on new mining claims at the Grand Canyon.  The extension will be in place for six months, said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The Interior Secretary cited concerns about water, air quality and scenery for the moratorium.  Salazar has said he and the Obama administration prefer a 20 year […]

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