Don't Allow the Grand Canyon to Become a Mining Site

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Originally Posted: 8 May 2011

Don't Allow the Grand Canyon to Become a Mining Site

[Ed. Note: BAD NEWS UPDATE - Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining...Take action again! Some Legislators have decided to remove protections put in place in June 2011.]

[Ed. Note: GOOD NEWS UPDATE from Credo: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on 6/20/11 that he was supporting the strongest plan under consideration to protect the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining — a 20 year ban on the full one million acres of land. This is not a final decision — The Department of Interior will release a final plan in the fall — but for now it's a big step in the right direction. We'll keep you posted for the next actions needed to save this most magnificent part of our world.]

[Ed. Note: Mining is one of the most devastating actions humans can take against the land, killing entire ecosystems and everyone who once thrived within. Mining in the Grand Canyon? Really??]

FROM  The Rainforest Site

ACTION

Tell the EPA to oppose ALL current and future uranium mining plans in or around the Grand Canyon.

Sign an online petition

Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Foreign mining companies are looking to take advantage of a uranium-rich piece of land just outside of the majestic national park. Increasing metal prices worldwide have prompted a rush to claim mining sites and begin extracting immediately.

If these companies move forward with their mining plans, countless plant and animal species will be in grave danger — not to mention the indigenous Native American tribes whose reservations are located near the area.

Uranium mining inevitably contaminates air and precious groundwater. The Colorado River, which runs through the Grand Canyon, supplies drinking water for people living as far away as Los Angeles.


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