November 5, 2009
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100,000 Letters Support Protecting Grand Canyon From Uranium Mining
By Center for Biological Diversity
Photo: Havasupai at gathering to protect Grand Canyon 2009 by Brenda Norrell
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— In a resounding display of public support, tallies released today show that the public sent nearly 100,000 letters and emails to the Bureau of Land Management favoring new uranium-mining protections in the watersheds surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. More than 21,000 of those comments were sent by Center for Biological Diversity members.
The comments, which were submitted in a public comment period that ended last Friday, voice support for the Interior Department’s proposed 20-year “mineral withdrawal” that would prohibit new mining claims and the exploration or mining of existing claims without valid existing rights across nearly 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. The withdrawal would extend and strengthen protections set forth in the two-year land segregation announced by the Department on July 20.