President Obama halts uranium mining

President Barack Obama will send his choice for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar out on Monday to give the company line. Salazar will announce Monday that his department is temporarily barring the filing of new uranium mining claims on about one million acres near the Grand Canyon. The land is being “segregated” for two years so that the department can study whether it should be permanently withdrawn from mining activity. This has been years in the works as Conservationists contend mining leaves the Grand Canyon vulnerable to environmental damage. There are as many as 10,000 existing mining claims on lands near the Grand Canyon. There are 1,100 uranium mining claims are within five miles of the Grand Canyon National Park. This protection by Salazar will not stop uranium mining claims already filed near the Grand Canyon. They contention is this threatens the hydrological and the natural resources of that park. The real reason for the ban is the most prominent use of uranium from mining is as fuel for nuclear power plants. This does needs to happen as on June 25, 2008 the House Natural Resources Committee voted overwhelmingly to enact emergency protections from uranium mining for 1,000,000 acres of public lands around Grand Canyon National Park. It is amazing we can use every power sources imaginable but nuclear power is no longer an option.

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