03/13/2008 - The Senate will consider a bill today that is needed to prevent mining right next door to one of the country's natural treasures, the Grand Canyon.
The Forest Service foolishly approved a permit for a British company to explore for uranium just outside the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, within three miles of a popular tourist lookout.
The government's action came without a full environmental review. No public hearing was held.
More than four million tourists visit the Grand Canyon annually to enjoy its unrivaled majesty. But this unspoiled grandeur is threatened by hundreds of mining claims that have been staked within five miles of the canyon since 2003.
Read the complete editorial Grand Canyon on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.