More Jobs Lost as Interior Department Stops Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon
|January 12, 2012||Posted by Beth Shaw under Mining|
Last week the Interior Department finalized plans to not allow mining for uranium near the Grand Canyon. I think this just makes us more dependent on these resources from other, less regulated counties, and loses American jobs.
The department, which in 2009 imposed an interim ban that is soon due to expire, now plans a 20-year moratorium on new mines. Western environmental groups have long sought such a measure.
In proposing an extended moratorium last year, the interior secretary, Ken Salazar, cited the potential for pollution in waterways and harm to wildlife, desert vegetation and air quality.
There is perennial dispute over whether uranium contamination detected in the area is natural or caused by humans.