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Havasupai tribe: Pinion Plain uranium mine threatens our existence

A letter of opposition to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which recently issued an aquifer protection plan permit, is the latest attempt - after years of legal battles - by the Havasupai Tribe to oppose the Pinion Plain uranium mine. ... Read more»

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2 Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

The possibility the Department of Energy will establish a strategic uranium reserve to increase the domestic stockpile of uranium comes at a cost: increased contamination borne by Native American tribes and local residents throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

House OKs bill to ban mining on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a “moral issue.” The bill would make permanent a current mining moratorium that is scheduled to run through 2032. ... Read more»

EPA awards $220 million for uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation

The EPA said Thursday it will award contracts to three companies for the cleanup of some of the hundreds of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. Terms of the contracts require the companies to develop training programs “for Navajo individuals and businesses to promote professional growth” in areas related to the cleanup work.... Read more»

Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon

In August, Biden called the Grand Canyon an “irreplaceable jewel” and blasted the Trump administration’s uranium mining plan, saying he would focus instead on developing clean energy. ... Read more»

Az conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

Conservationists in Arizona say President Trump's choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management holds positions on issues that would hurt the state's public lands.... Read more»

Clean water is key for Navajo Nation, other tribes, to avoid next pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the deep inequities that run through our country, and nowhere is that more stark than on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation has been the hardest hit Native tribe, with 3,122 positive COVID-19 cases and 100 deaths as of this writing. ... Read more»

Trump administration’s push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon

The U.S. imports most of the uranium it uses because it’s cheaper to buy from other countries. The Trump administration wants to change that and is looking into creating quotas on domestic use. This could affect the temporary ban now in place on uranium mining in and around Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.... Read more»

Poll: 80% of Arizonans support 1.7M-acre nat'l momument near Grand Canyon

Backers of a bill that would create a new national monument on 1.7 million acres of federal land around the Grand Canyon touted a new survey Thursday that they said shows broad support for the plan.... Read more»

Judge denies motion to overturn uranium-mining ban near Grand Canyon

Conservation groups celebrated a federal judge’s ruling that denied a motion to overturn the Obama administration’s ban on uranium mining on 1 million acres of public land near the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds reopening of uranium mine near Grand Canyon

A federal appeals court Monday upheld the government’s decision to let a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park continue to operate under environmental standards now decades old.... Read more»

On a Wyoming ranch, feds sacrifice tomorrow’s water to mine uranium today

Underground vast reservoirs hold billions of gallons of water suitable for drinking, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Yet every day injection wells pump more than 200,000 gallons of toxic and radioactive waste from uranium mining into local aquifers.... Read more»

Texas sees renewed push for uranium mining

Uranium has been mined in Texas for decades, but companies see a potential hike in demand for their product.... Read more»

Salazar confident uranium-mining ban will hold up to lawuit

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he is confident a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon will hold up to an industry lawsuit challenging the January withdrawal of the land by federal officials.... Read more»

Obama bans uranium mining near Grand Canyon

The Obama administration announced there would be no uranium mining near the Grand Canyon over fears the mining could affect tourism and contaminate water. ... Read more»1

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