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Banning on New Mining Near the Grand Canyon

09 Jan 2012  |   Mike Palamuso

Tags: Public Lands

Today Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finalized a 20-year ban on new mining claims on public lands near the Grand Canyon. Extending the current moratorium on new uranium mining claims will protect tourism related jobs, drinking water for millions downstream and critical wildlife habitats.

We strongly applaud the Obama administration’s decision to protect one million acres around the iconic Grand Canyon from dirty and dangerous uranium mining. This is a huge win for conservation and the countless Americans who enjoy the Grand Canyon’s natural splendor each year.

To respond to the inevitable attacks from enemies of conservation in Congress, the Center for American Progress has outlined the top five winners and losers of the decision. Click here for more.

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