The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most iconic places. A stunning slash in the earth where we can go to experience the power of nature and hear ― the sound of helicopter blades and airplane engines?
In another regulatory action in the waning days of the Bush administration, the Interior Department on Thursday unveiled a new rule that challenges Congress’s authority to prevent mining planned on public lands.
As the House Interior Appropriations Committee prepares for its July 12 hearing on massive cuts to the country’s natural resources, The Wilderness Society is shining the spotlight on three of the most egregious attacks. The proposed House spending bill would destroy protection for a million acres of Grand Canyon National Park, wipe out funding for critical conservation programs and stop the EPA from protecting Americans from the dangers of pollution.
Uranium mining near the Grand Canyon? It may seem hard to believe, but up until recently, the government has allowed such dangerous mining to be conducted in the sensitive Grand Canyon ecosystem, threatening the Colorado River and Grand Canyon itself with contamination.
Fortunately an end may be in sight. The Bureau of Land Management is currently considering banning new mining claims under the antiquated 1872 Mining Law in the greater Grand Canyon ecosystem. But if and how much land they protect is uncertain.