Protect the Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining!
- by: Sierra Club
- recipient: U.S. House of Representatives
Before he left office, Bush-era Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne ignored scientists and Congress and authorized destructive uranium mining on 1 million acres of land around the Grand Canyon. Soaring uranium prices have led mining companies to stake more than 10,600 claims on federal land - right along the Colorado River.
We can't let this uranium mining destroy the Grand Canyon! The mining would threaten the drinking water for 30 million people living in the western United States and could devastate tourism, which generates more than half a billion dollars for the economy.
Urge your Representative to work with new Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to permanently protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining and pass the Grand Canyon Protection Act.
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Before leaving office, the previous Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne, ignored a mandate from Congress to withdraw mining claims to 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. Uranium mining around the Grand Canyon and Colorado River could devastate tourism, which generates more than half a billion dollars for the economy, and would threaten the drinking water for 30 million people living in the western United States.
I urge you to work with the new Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, to permanently protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining; as well as use the power of your office to update the antiquated 1872 mining law, and pass the Grand Canyon Protection Act.
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