FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON D.C. - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Majority PAC today launched a new $470,000 television ad campaign against former mining lobbyist and Congressman Jeff Flake for sponsoring legislation that would have allowed mining for radioactive uranium near the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, threatening the drinking water of 25 million Americans. The ad, “Dangerous,” begins airing this week in the Phoenix media market and will run through October 24th.
“Arizona families can’t trust former mining lobbyist Jeff Flake, who got to Congress and sold them out by endangering their drinking water,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
"Former mining lobbyist Jeff Flake put Arizona families at risk pushing to open up Arizona's land for uranium mining to the highest bidder," said Rebecca Lambe, strategist for Majority PAC. "Those same special interests are now fueling his campaign for the Senate."
The ad highlights Flake’s sponsorship of a pro-mining amendment that would allow uranium mining to occur on nearly a million acres of public lands near the Grand Canyon. The amendment would threaten the Colorado River, putting the drinking water of 25 million Americans at risk across several western states.
Flake’s amendment would block the Obama administration from imposing a long-term moratorium on mining in areas surrounding the Canyon. The National Parks Conservation Association noted that the administration’s moratorium “will prevent mining operations from contaminating the Colorado River, which would have put 25 million people at risk—in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and elsewhere—who depend on this water for drinking, agriculture, and recreation.”
The Associated Press has reported that Flake was “a lobbyist two decades ago for a Namibian uranium operation” and that Flake “has backed legislation favorable to mining interests” while in Congress. Since joining the House of Representatives, Flake has collected more than $180,000 in campaign contributions from mining interests.
Backup for the ad can be found here.