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|Originally Posted: 19 July 2011|
Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining...Take action again!
Tell your U.S. Congressperson to vote TO BAN uranium mining in the Grand Canyon!
an online petition:
And/Or make direct contact:
Contact your U.S. Representative
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Congress is poised to gut protections on 1 million acres of public lands around the Grand Canyon -- if we don’t take action right now to ban uranium mining in this national park.
The Grand Canyon is ground zero for a new uranium-mining boom. New mining would industrialize iconic wildlands and threaten irretrievable pollution of aquifers and the biologically rich springs and creeks they feed -- springs that harbor up to 500 times more species than adjacent lands.
In June, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Grand Canyon, announcing that he favors enacting a 20-year mineral withdrawal across Grand Canyon National Park's 1-million-acre watershed. The measure would block new uranium mining.
Days later, a bill was introduced in Congress that would strip the Obama administration's authority to enact those protections -- sacrificing the Grand Canyon’s magnificent lands for more destructive uranium mining. The House of Representatives votes on that bill in late July or early August.
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