06/20/2011 - The Obama administration extended a ban on new uranium mine stakes around the Grand Canyon by six months, and said it supports a 20-year ban on new claims, federal officials said Monday.
The extension keeps in place a one-million-acre buffer on public lands around the Grand Canyon National Park to give federal officials more time to study the impact of a 20-year ban. A temporary ban, instituted in 2009, was set to expire next month.
"We commend the Obama administration for making a clear commitment to give the Grand Canyon long-term protection from new uranium mining at its doorstep. For decades to come, Americans will benefit from today's far-sighted decision to safeguard this natural icon," Jane Danowitz, U.S. public lands director for the Pew Environment Group, said in a statement Monday.
Read the full article Temporary Ban Extended on New Uranium Mines Near Grand Canyon on The Wall Street Journal's Web site.