Fears Mount That Trump Will Green-Light Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

In January 2018, the Interior Department published a “comprehensive list of accomplishments” under former Secretary Ryan Zinke. Among its thin list of conservation achievements, the agency claimed that it “successfully defended a mineral withdrawal near the Grand Canyon,” which, as HuffPost previously reported, was a suit initiated after the Obama administration imposed a 20-year ban on new uranium and other hard rock mining in the area surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.

Democrats in the House are now considering legislation that would set a permanent moratorium. The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing Wednesday to discuss legislation from Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) that would ban all new mining claims there.

Michael Nedd, the deputy director of operations at the Bureau of Land Management, testified that the bill goes too far.

“The Department has concerns about the size and scope of the withdrawal contained in the legislation,” Nedd said. 

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