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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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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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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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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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