Bush Administration’s Latest Rollback Plan: Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

Publication: The Colorado Independent

Author: David O. Williams


12/10/2008 - First came the 11th-hour bid to relax clean air standards for power plants near the nation’s national parks, then a battle backing power plants over nearby aquatic life that wound up before the Supreme Court, and now the Bush administration is pushing for a rule to block Congress from limiting uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.

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“In light of the dramatic rise in new mining claims within a stone’s throw of the Grand Canyon’s rim, the administration should be moving to halt more claim staking, not rescinding rules that allow for emergency protections,” said Jane Danowitz, U.S. public lands program director at the Pew Environment Group.

“Ultimately, the best way to protect national treasures such as the Grand Canyon from uranium and other metal mining is for Congress to roll up its sleeves and commit to reforming the 1872 mining law in the coming year.”

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