Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Billboards Call Out Interior Secretary on Grand Canyon Uranium Mining

Arizona sporting groups are targeting Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in a publicity campaign to head off a possible rollback of an Obama-era ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon. On Monday, the Arizona Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited unveiled two Phoenix billboards that call on Zinke to save Grand Canyon from uranium mining, citing the industry's hazards for water and wildlife. The Trump administration has signaled that it may revisit the Interior Department's 2012 moratorium on new mining claims, known as a mineral withdrawal, that protects over 1 million acres of public lands for 20 years. (Existing mining claims were not affected.) Ending the moratorium "just doesn’t pass the common-sense test," said Scott Garlid, the conservation director for the AWF. "You look at the benefits of mining for uranium up in that area, and they’re relatively small," he said. "There’s going to be a few additional jobs, but not very many, and certainly not as many as the outdoor and recreation industries ... We’re not making America great again by doing uranium mining around the Grand Canyon."...MORE

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The article makes it clear that the mining would be AROUND THE GRAND CANYON. But the squealing tree huggers will make it sound as if the mines will be in the canyon itself. Another round of fake news promoted by those who hate America.