AZ: US eyes 20-year mining ban near Grand Canyon

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June 21, 2011
Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in News, PND News

"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced an 'emergency' six-month extension of a two-year ban on new uranium mine development near the Grand Canyon. The extra time, he said, was needed to finish an environmental impact statement on the potential effects of such mining on federal lands around the canyon. Extension of the ban blocks the opening of 1 million acres of public and National Forest System lands surrounding the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining claims. The final environmental impact statement, Secretary Salazar also said, would now focus on a 'preferred alternative' of a 20-year mineral withdrawal on those same lands." (06/21/11)  

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