15 Apr '11, 6pm

Mining claims pose a threat Grand Canyon and other landmark U.S. sites, a Pew report says

15 Apr 2011: Mining Threatens Grand Canyon and Other Landmark U.S. Sites, Report Says Mining companies have exploited outdated U.S. laws to stake claims for gold, uranium, and other minerals at 10 national parks and wilderness areas, including the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, according National Park Service The Grand Canyon to a report by the Pew Environment Group. While mining operations can legally occur adjacent to, or even within, protected areas under an 1872 law, the frequency of claims has increased in recent years — including a 2,000-percent increase in uranium claims since 2004 — because of rising global demand, the report says . According to U.S. estimates, mining interests take an estimated $1 billion in metals annually from publicly owned land. Claims have also been staked within the borders of Joshua Tree National Park in California, New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/mining_threatens_grand_canyon...

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