Did you ever think lawmakers would threaten the beauty and health of a place like the Grand Canyon? They are now, and it’s up to us to make our voices heard in support of this beautiful canyon’s protection.
A new bill recently introduced in Congress, H.R. 3155, would force the Obama Administration to allow uranium mining in the canyon. The canyon, one of the Wonders of the World, is 17 million years old and has five million visitors a year. Uranium mines could destroy the canyon and the Colorado River running through it. Ten million people use the river for recreation every year, and it provides life-giving water to millions of area residents.
Two years ago, the Obama Administration proposed a rule preventing uranium mining in an area forty miles long and forty miles wide, smaller than the actual Grand Canyon. This new bill would essentially allow uranium mining wherever mining companies see fit. A uranium mine already located upstream in Utah has produced 16 million tons of radioactive debris, and it will cost taxpayers $720 million to move that debris away from the river.
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva is fighting to kill this destructive bill, and he wants our support. Please sign Grijalva’s petition here and let him know you support his battle to save the Grand Canyon.