EcoAlert: Grand Canyon Under Siege from Mining



Under pressure from mining interests, Members of Congress have introduced H.R. 3155, a bill that would overturn federal conservation efforts on publicly owned lands adjacent to the Canyon. And more recently, the National Mining Association and the Nuclear Energy Institute have gone to court to reverse recent conservation rulings by the Interior Department. The net effect would be to open up these delicate lands to uranium mining and industrial-scale development.

If they succeed, your once in a lifetime trip to the Grand Canyon will include heavy truck traffic, industrial out-buildings flanking the Canyon itself, power lines and utility roads and polluted streams. The experience would be the equivalent of putting a shopping mall in the Louvre.

This is yet another example of special interests trying to profit off the destruction of America’s wilderness areas.

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