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Grand Canyon Uranium Mining?

Public comment period opens for BLM proposals to allow mining near the Grand Canyon

Well, this seems like a no-brainer: The Bureau of Land Management just opened up a public comment period to weigh the positives and negatives of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. They'll host several meetings throughout Arizona to share data and see what the public thinks.

Mining companies quite obviously want to re-open mining opportunities; everyone with even the slightest respect for the Big Ditch understands the massive environmental dangers of harvesting radioactive material near the greatest canyon in the world. Want to join the fight?

Speak up now: Here's a schedule of all events and live public comment forums.

—Ted Alvarez

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What these so called scientist / outdoorsmen are forgetting to mention is all of the contaminated water run off that these nuclear power plants leave behind. Also they fail to mention that congress just voted yes on a bill to do away with the EPA so that coorporations won't have to be nearly as accountable anymore. What can we do? You asked for info of where to contact. Here it is. The League of Conservation Voters www.lcv.org and The Defenders of Wildlife www.defenders.org

HK
Feb 28, 2011

While there's a need domestic uranium mining, we do not need it in the Grand Canyon, crown jewel of our National Parks. Plenty other places out west with uranium.

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Feb 26, 2011

I would like to see the website make it possible to have a real impact on this issue by setting up something up that lets us get our input to the BLM and EPA without having to travel to Arizona. I didn't see anything that allowed me to do that.

Red
Feb 26, 2011

Being a mining engineer and outdoorsman, you may want not to have mining here in the states so then it moves to another country where rules/regulations are less therefore the risk of greater enviornmental destruction is greater outside of the US. Be grateful that we have such governing bodies that enforce these laws and if you are a true friend of the enviornment would you not want to know that a responsible company in the US is mining it rather than a country where dumping harmful pollutants is not regulated at all causing greater destruction, yeah its not in our "backyard" so does it matter???

Tom Wendel
Feb 25, 2011

The best way to energy independence is to reduce consumption. The easiest KW to put in the plus column is the one that's not consumed. If Americans- already massive consumers of everything- can't say no to more development and energy, we're going the way of all the other "once mighty" civilizations.

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Feb 24, 2011

Yea look how great BP did with drilling in the gulf. I am sure uranium mining would be just as safe.

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Feb 24, 2011

I would suggest that if you are really a scientist like many of you outdoor people claim look at the science and the regulations in place for uranium mining. I am an avid outdoorsman in the west and I am a scientist for my profession as well. Right now 95% of the uranium used in the U.S is imported from other countries. If you are about energy independence for the U.S then Nuclear is the way to go. Or you may like to go backpacking and see the smoke stacks of the coal power plants billowing in the sky. Just look at the science and the true implications. Don't let BLM spin this thing. The BLM and EPA are going to ruin this country and we will be backpacking just to survive. Be Smart. Not Emotional.

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Feb 24, 2011

Hell yeah, Dig in!!!

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