A July 20 order from the Department of the Interior bans new uranium mining on a million acres near the Grand Canyon for two years -- a major victory. The order comes in response to lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies and gives much-needed reprieve to this iconic national treasure. Uranium development threatens to damage wildlife habitat, industrialize stunningly beautiful wildlands, and contaminate surface water and groundwater feeding regional water wells, seeps, springs, and the Colorado River.
Please join the Center for Biological Diversity in thanking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for this two-year ban and urging him and Congress to make it permanent. If you live in Arizona or West Virginia, we’ll also send your message to Congressman Raul Grijalva and Congressman Nick Rahall.