Wednesday, June 25, 2008

US House halts Grand Canyon uranium mining

The Bush/Cheney Forest Service has been too permissive on uranium mining near Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF -- Today, the US House Natural Resources Committee in Washington adopted a resolution to require the Secretary of Interior to withdraw public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park from uranium mining activities.

The resolution was introduced by Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ7), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. Instead of voting to protect the Grand Canyon, GOP members of the committee walked out before the vote.

The resolution now requires action from the Secretary.

“We have a responsibility to defend the Grand Canyon,” stated Rep Grijalva. “Given the importance of the resolution, the Republican leadership decision to leave the committee instead of upholding their duty to side with one of the country’s greatest treasures was petulant and childish.”

Uranium mining is one of the unavoidable bad effects of nuclear power. John McCain's ideas of heaping billions in taxpayer subsidies on nukes would increase risky uranium mining.

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