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Interior Secretary Salazar stops mining claims on 1 million acres of land near Grand Canyon National ParkIt seems pretty logical that mining for radioactive uranium near the Grand Canyon might be a bad call. That didn't stop companies from filing for 1,100 mining claims less than five miles from the park, and Bush-era officials chose to look the other way.
"Are we prepared to allow the landscape to be torn up adjacent to the park, to threaten the hydrological and the natural resources of that park?" former Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Rob Arnberger said. "My answer to that is no. Don't open it up to exploration."
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