18 Mar '12, 1am

Uranium Industry Attack on Grand Canyon | Earthjustice via @Earthjustice

Yet another toxic mining threat A uranium mine near the Grand Canyon's North Rim. Photo: Don Bills, USGS. At the beginning of the last century, Ralph H. Cameron was a booster of the Grand Canyon. He wanted to promote – and cash in on - the Canyon as a tourist destination. He helped expand Bright Angel Trail, now one of the most popular trails into the Canyon from the South Rim. But at a price; he charged a toll to visitors. He also tried to turn chunks of national forest land near the rim into his own property by staking claims under the oft-criticized 1872 mining law . It didn’t work. Forest Service mineral examiners denied Cameron’s mining claims as bogus . The ambitious Cameron – later a U.S. senator – did not go quietly. The Feds had to sue Cameron to kick him off the public’s land. Cameron fought back, claiming that President Roosevelt had no authority to designate th...

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