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Grand Canyon Uranium Mining

Case Number # 2340

Grand Canyon.
Dozens of new mines threaten to industrialize iconic and regionally sacred wildlands, destroy wildlife habitat and permanently pollute or deplete aquifers.

Earthjustice has intervened to defend the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims across 1 million acres of public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon.

Uranium pollution already plagues the Grand Canyon and surrounding area. Proposals for new mining have prompted protests, litigation and proposed legislation. Because dozens of new mines threaten to industrialize iconic and sacred natural areas, destroy wildlife habitat and pollute or deplete aquifers, scientists, tribal and local governments, and businesses have all voiced support for the new protections enacted by Interior.

Press Releases

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Ruling again rejects attack on DOI’S authority to temporarily protect lands
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ruling upholds Interior Department’s authority to temporarily protect lands from destructive mining
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Mining industry suing to overturn mining moratorium
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Mining threatens water, wildlife, sacred lands
Monday, February 27, 2012
Conservation groups to defend international icon in court
Monday, January 9, 2012
Scientists, tribal and local governments, businesses all support protections