Statement on Interior Department Action to Protect Grand Canyon from Mining
“This decisive action to protect the Grand Canyon sends an important signal that President Obama is committed to prioritizing the public interest when it comes to managing America's natural resources.
“We commend Secretary Salazar for moving quickly to protect this timeless treasure, which presidents since Theodore Roosevelt have recognized must be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
“We are pleased that the Obama administration has encouraged Congress to protect our national parks and other special places by modernizing the country's 1872 mining law. Clearly a law that is powerless to prevent mining just outside one of the most iconic treasures in the world needs to be reformed.”