The Grand Canyon is sacred to many Native American tribes and cherished by all Americans, but the Canadian company Energy Fuels is jeopardizing this national treasure by mining the area's uranium for private profit -- a move that threatens the canyon and Colorado River with permanent radiological contamination.
In 2012, the Secretary of the Interior issued a 20-year ban on all new uranium claims around Grand Canyon National Park, but mines that opened prior to that decision were exempt from the rules. As a result, old mines continue to operate based on outdated permits and obsolete environmental reviews from more than 30 years ago. This is unacceptable.
That's why the Center for Biological Diversity is now asking the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service to update their current rules for uranium mines on public lands to require more thorough environmental review, groundwater monitoring and inspections, as well as more limited permitting and clear deadlines for when to begin reclamation once a mine is closed.
June 12, 2015 Action Alert ID# 234
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