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No mining in the Grand Canyon!

A Timeline of Recent Uranium News near Grand Canyon National Park:

  • September 30, 2014, PHOENIX - Arizona's Havasupai Tribe and a coalition of conservation groups are praising Judge David Campbell's decision today to uphold the U.S. Department of the Interior's 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims across one million acres of public lands adjacent to Grand Canyon. The court ruled that the decision complied with federal environmental laws and that it was not too large, as plaintiffs had argued. At stake is protecting the aquifers and streams that feed the Colorado River and Grand Canyon from toxic uranium mining waste and depletion. Click here to read more (99 KB pdf).

  • July 31, 2014, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - Conservation groups sent a letter this week urging federal regulators to suspend operations at a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon, where millions of gallons of uranium-laced groundwater threaten people and wildlife. Records from the U.S. Geological Survey show that the contaminated groundwater - 80 times the limit set to protect public health and the environment - have inundated the Pinenut uranium mine immediately north of Grand Canyon National Park. Click here to read more. (46 KB pdf)

  • November 6, 2013, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - For the second time in as many decades, operations to open the Canyon uranium mine six miles south of Grand Canyon National Park have been suspended. The Havasupai Tribe, which had previously challenged the mine, and conservation groups have been working to stop this mine because of potential harm to waters and wildlife of Grand Canyon, as well as cultural resources. Click here to read more. (80 KB pdf)

  • March 7, 2013 - Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Groups Challenge Uranium Mine Threatening Grand Canyon, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - The Havasupai tribe and three conservation groups today sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow Energy Fuels Resources, Inc. to begin operating a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park without initiating or completing formal tribal consultations and without updating an outdated 1986 federal environmental review. Read Full News Release (120 KB PDF)

  • January 9, 2013 - Grand Canyon Uranium-mining Threats Still Loom A Year After Historic Mining Restrictions, Phoenix, Ariz.
    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - One year after the Obama administration enacted new protections limiting uranium-mine development on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, pollution and legal threats from the uranium industry remain. Five uranium-industry lawsuits - one seeking upwards of $120 million from the United States - as well as plans to reopen two 1980s-era mines still threaten the public and traditional tribal land and water within and around Grand Canyon National Park. Read Full Release (49 KB PDF)

  • January 9, 2012 - 1 million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon protected from new mining claims! Thanks to all of you who spoke up to protect Grand Canyon, Secretary of the Interior Salazar has placed a 20-year ban on new mines around Grand Canyon. Read more here.
  • June 20, 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recommends protecting Grand Canyon watershed from Uranium mining. In a speech from Mather Point, on Grand Canyon's south rim, Salazar extends a temporary mining ban until December, 2011, and recommends a 20-year ban on new mines on federal lands in the Grand Canyon Watershed, saying, "Let us be cautious. Let us be patient. Let us be humble." Read the speech here.
  • The Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter is working with other conservation groups as well as local, state and federal policy makers to ensure that the Grand Canyon, its watershed, and the health of area residents is protected from the harmful impacts of uranium mining. We are supporting a proposal to protect one million acres near the Grand Canyon from new future mining activities, including uranium mining, and also have challenged a proposal to allow uranium mining exploration within only a couple of miles of the Park boundary. Read comments supporting the proposal submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Grand Canyon Trust, Grand Canyon WIldlands Council, and Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter here.
  • Thank you for taking action to protect the Grand Canyon! Over 300,000 individuals nationwide voiced support for a 20-year mining ban in the Grand Canyon watershed. Watch this film, narrated by Craig Childs and directed by James Q Martin, which makes a compelling case for the Obama administration’s proposal to protect 1 million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon from new uranium mining.
  • February, 2011: Federal Plan Announced to Protect Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— The Obama administration today announced a draft plan to protect 1 million acres of public land around Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining. Conservationists and tribal leaders hailed the move, citing thousands of new mining claims threatening Grand Canyon’s watersheds, fragile seeps and springs, American Indian sacred sites, critical wildlife habitat and the region’s tourism-based economy. More…
  • January, 2011: Over 60 northern Arizona citizens attend an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) hearing on air and water permits for 3 new uranium mines near Grand Canyon – and every speaker opposes the permits. More…

    Read an Arizona Daily Sun article on the lack of ADEQ oversight at uranium mines.
  • July 12, 2010, Appeal Filed in Lawsuit to Protect Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— Conservation groups and Native American tribes today appealed a federal court decision that denied a request to halt uranium mining just six miles north of Grand Canyon National Park. The appeal filed with the Ninth District Court of Appeals challenges a lower court’s June 17 decision on the groups’ request for a preliminary injunction at the Arizona 1 uranium mine. The appeal was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Grand Canyon Trust, Sierra Club, Kaibab Paiute Tribe and Havasupai Tribe. More...

  • April 8, 2010, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK—Today, representatives from the Havasupai and Hualapai Tribes will join representatives of conservation groups in voicing united support of legislation proposed by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Grand Canyon Watersheds Protection Act, that would permanently protect Grand Canyon’s watersheds from new uranium mining.  The legislation will be discussed as one part of a two-part joint congressional hearing tomorrow at Grand Canyon National Park; the hearing will also address impacts of Glen Canyon Dam to the Colorado River and endangered native fish.  More...

  • February, 18, 2010, Government Study: Elevated Uranium Levels in Grand Canyon's Watershed Exploration and Mining Sites Consistently Exceed Background Levels Read full press release...

  • November 16, 2009, Lawsuit Challenges Uranium Mine That Threatens Water and Wildlife of the Grand Canyon FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Today the Center for Biological Diversity, Grand Canyon Trust, and Sierra Club filed suit in an Arizona federal court challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of the restart of a defunct uranium mine just north of Grand Canyon National Park. More...

  • July 27, 2009 - Hundreds attend Havasupai Uranium Mining Protest at Red Butte – Hundreds gathered at the foot of Red Butte, Arizona — just south of the Grand Canyon — for a three-day uranium mining protest hosted by the Havasupai tribe and supported by the Center, the Sierra Club, and Grand Canyon Trust. People from several tribes, states, Hawaii, and Europe — and even off-duty U.S. Forest Service staff — attended to protest. Many supporters from Navajo, Hopi, Hualapai, San Juan Paiute, Cocopah, Kaibab- Paiute, and AkChin tribes attended as well. The event was one of the largest environmental protests ever held on the Colorado Plateau.

  • Go to the Censored News Blogspot for more news on the event. Also, see the Grand Canyon News story on the gathering: July 28, 2009 “Gathering at Red Butte opposes Grand Canyon uranium mining.

  • July 20, 2009, Salazar Protects Grand Canyon Watersheds From New Uranium Claims and Exploration Order Temporarily Bans New Uranium Claims and Exploration Across 1 Million Acres of Public Land Surrounding Grand Canyon National Park More...

  • June 25, 2009, One Year Later:  Grand Canyon’s Uranium Threat Unchanged Following Congressional Emergency Action Grand Canyon, ARIZ – One  year ago today, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, announced that the House Committee on Natural Resources had introduced and passed an emergency resolution pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act prohibiting new uranium mining claims, exploration and resulting mining across 1 million acres of public lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. More...

Reasons to support the Grand Canyon-area Mining Withdrawal

A Background of Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

A Legacy of Waste... Harm to Native Peoples from Uranium Mining

Uranium Mining Claims and Withdrawal Boundaries Map (680 KB pdf)

1872 Mining Law Fact Sheet

Why Nuclear is not the Solution (48 KB pdf)

For more information contact: Alicyn Gitlin at (928) 774-6514 or alicyn.gitlin@sierraclub.org

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