Friday, March 15, 2013

Groups file suit to block Canyon uranium mine near Grand Canyon

The Havasupai tribe and three conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service March 7 over its decision to allow Energy Fuels Resources, Inc. to begin operating a uranium mine about six miles from the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Havasupai Tribe along with Grand Canyon Trust, Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club contend the Forest Service did not consult with the tribe or update a 1986 federal environmental review. In a press release, the groups said the Canyon Mine threatens cultural values, wildlife and endangered species and increases the risk of soil and groundwater pollution near Grand Canyon. The lawsuit alleges violations of environmental, mining, public land and historic preservation laws...more

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