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Mr Biden Opposes Uranium Mining around Grand Canyon

Mining News - Published on Tue, 11 Aug 2020

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Former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Mr Joe Biden said Friday he opposed uranium mining around the Grand Canyon. He said “The Grand Canyon is first among the landmarks of our nation, holy to the Tribes who preserve it and call it home, and sacred to all Americans. This national treasure attracts millions of visitors each year, supporting thousands of jobs for Arizonans and contributing more than USD 1 billion to the state economy.”

Mr Biden said by allowing mining companies to extract uranium in the Canyon and surrounding lands, the Trump administration threatened to deface the land, poison the lands and water that local communities rely on, and drive a drill into the heart of one of Arizona’s cultural and economic cornerstones.

About 1 million acres of public lands surrounding the Canyon were closed to new mining claims in 2012 by the US Department of the Interior, under former President Barack Obama. The intent of the 20 year moratorium was to examine the ecological effects uranium mining could have on the region.

President Donald Trump has promoted uranium mining in general and has enacted policies to facilitate it, often citing national security. In 2018, the White House declared uranium a critical mineral, and a year later, Trump established a nuclear fuel working group to examine domestic uranium production. That group issued recommendations in April to enhance domestic mining and production, including the establishment of a fund to establish a uranium reserve. And in June, the Trump administration rolled back parts of the National Environmental Policy Act, which environmentalists and tribes fear could ease the way to open up the region to new mining claims.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 11 Aug 2020
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