Uranium Industry Attack on Grand Canyon, Earth Justice 17 MARCH 2012, Yet another toxic mining threat ”……..The new foes of protecting the Grand Canyon region look a lot like Mr. Cameron. They are uranium miners who’ve staked thousands of claims ringing the national park.
Uranium mining has left a toxic legacy in the area, polluting water that run through the Park, which has prompted the Park Service to warn hikers not to drink the water of certain streams, iincluding Horn Creek . (New mines are supposed to be better and cleaner. But the water pollution threatened by the “modern” flooded mines shows otherwise.)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stood up for protecting the lands around the national park, putting a million acres off limits to new mining claims.
The uranium industry, like Mr. Cameron, doesn’t like protecting the Grand Canyon . And like Mr. Cameron, they are attacking not only the Grand Canyon protection measures, but also the Interior Secretary’s authority to protect lands. (Industry claims the Interior Department can’t protect more than 5,000 acres at a time from uranium mining claims.)
This time, Earthjustice and our clients – the Havasupai Tribe , Grand Canyon Trust , Center for Biological Diversity , Sierra Club , and National Parks Conservation Association – will be fighting to protect the Grand Canyon. (We filed legal papers to formally intervene in the first of three industry suits last week.)
If history is going to repeat itself, with miners hoping to degrade wildlife habitat, waters and one of America’s natural wonders for profit, we’ll work to ensure the courts again recognize the Canyon’s majesty and again reject the miner’s attacks. http://earthjustice.org/blog/2012-march/uranium-industry-attack-on-grand-canyon