13 Jul '11, 12pm

The battle to protect the Grand Canyon

The battle to protect the Grand Canyon

Republicans and Democrats found themselves on partisan lines at a heated debate on the Hill this week as the industrialisation of the Grand Canyon was put on the table. The debate centred around the future of uranium mining in Arizona. Democrats put forward an amendment to the 2012 Internal Environment Appropriations Bill that would have stripped a rider placing a 20 year moratorium on any uranium mining near the national park. Just last month, Interior Secretary Ken Salazer extended a two year ban on any new mining claims within one million acres of the Grand Canyon. His preferred option was a 20 year moratorium but the amendment failed 23 - 26. He wants more time for his department to analyse the potential impact on the state's most treasured asset. At the heart of the discussion is the battle over the true impact of uranium mining on the national park. On one side its e...

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