Groups Fear Public Lands Near Grand Canyon Could Reopen to Uranium Mining

PHOENIX – The Department of the Interior recently published its 2018 list of minerals it considers critical to national security and the economy.

But environmental groups in Arizona are concerned about one mineral added to the list – uranium.

Areas near the Grand Canyon are known to be rich in uranium.

The Department of the Interior in 2012 introduced a 20-year ban on new mining claims in 1 million acres surrounding the canyon.

But environmentalists fear the department’s new mineral list is a signal that the Trump administration is preparing to loosen those restrictions.

Brad Powell, president of the Arizona Wildlife Federation, says previous uranium mining projects in the Southwest came with consequences… Read More