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LCV Applauds Obama Administration Ban on New Mining near Grand Canyon

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

January 9, 2012  

WASHINGTON – League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s expected announcement to protect one million acres of land around the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining:

“We strongly applaud the Obama administration’s decision to protect one million acres around the iconic Grand Canyon from dirty and dangerous uranium mining for the next twenty years. Extending the current moratorium on new uranium mining claims will protect tourism related jobs, drinking water for millions downstream, and critical wildlife habitats. This is a huge win for conservation and the countless Americans who enjoy the Grand Canyon’s natural splendor each year.”

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