Congress is poised to gut protections on 1 million acres of public lands around the Grand Canyon — if we don’t take action right now to protect this national park from uranium mining.
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The Grand Canyon is ground zero for a new uranium-mining boom. New mining would industrialize iconic wildlands and threaten irretrievable pollution of aquifers and the biologically rich springs and creeks they feed — springs that harbor up to 500 times more species than adjacent lands.
In June, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Grand Canyon, announcing that he favors enacting a 20-year ban on new mining across Grand Canyon National Park’s 1-million-acre watershed.
Days later, a bill was introduced in Congress that would strip the Obama administration’s authority to enact those protections — sacrificing the Grand Canyon’s magnificent lands for more destructive uranium mining. The House of Representatives votes on that bill in late July or early August.