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|By: RLMiller Tuesday April 20, 2010 5:08 pm|
The Grand Canyon is facing an unprecedented convergence of threats, from air pollution to timing of water releases, but the most pressing is uranium mining. The Obama administration’s desire for more nuclear power has revived interest in extracting uranium. Since 2003, 2,251 mining claims have been staked within 10 miles of the Grand Canyon National Park boundaries. The current uranium claims are clustered in watersheds and on the aquifers that feed the tributaries, springs and seeps in the park.
In July 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a two year time-out on new uranium claims on nearly 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon. Only Congress can permanently withdraw land from mining claims.
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