Proposed uranium development has provoked litigation, public protest and opposition from scientists, elected officials, tribal communities and water authorities, to name a few.
Conservation groups say mines drilled too close to the Canyon could contaminate aquifers that feed springs and the Colorado River, a source of water for more than 18 million people downstream from proposed sites.
Grand Canyon National Park generates more than $687 million dollars for the northern Arizona economy each year. Large scale mining development, with the attendant noise, air and water pollution and traffic generated by mining activities, could have adverse impacts on the Grand Canyon and could hurt the area’s tourism and recreation business.
In February, 2011, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement studying the protection of 1 million acres of public land around Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining was released.
On January 9th 2012, the Department Of Interior officially announced a 20-year moratorium on thousands of new mining claims that threaten to industrialize watersheds, which drain directly into Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.
Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Video by EcoFlight
Here is another video, produced by a passenger on one of our flights over these mines. Thank you to James Q Martin and www.protectthegrandcanyon.org for sharing this information.
|Images ( View Full Gallery )||Video|