Grand Canyon Uranium Ban

tony leather By tony leather, 6th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/24q2ngcs/
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US president Barack Obama, taking a huge step toward preservation of one natural wonders of the world, by banning the mining of uranium on 1million acres of Grand Canyon surrounding land

Grand Canyon Uranium Ban


In what has to be the most encouraging of moves for lovers of the environment, US president Barack Obama, taking a huge step toward preservation of one natural wonders of the world, by banning the mining of uranium on 1million acres of Grand Canyon surrounding land.

Announced at a Washington film screening, by interior secretary Ken Salazar, this bans, in an area rich in uranium deposits, any new mining in the affected area for the next 20 years, ensuring that those millions from around the world who come to visit the priceless American landscape that is the Grand Canyon will not have heir enjoyment spoiled.
Add to this the inescapable fact that many American Indian tribes regard this as a sacred place, and Colorado River Basin people, in their millions depend on the Colorado flow. Those 3,200 existing mining claims are not affected..
Obama had shown political courage, say conservation groups, for pressing through this legislation and not settling for any halfway measure, in spite of opposition, after an environmental review, calling for the preservation of this iconic landscape was published.
Mining and its impact on the Grand Canyon are a matter of hot debate, but it is argued that it makes much more economic sense to protect tourism-related jobs, drinking water for millions downstream, and critical wildlife habitat.
Antiquated mining laws in the west give companies free access to vast areas of public land, but where the Grand Canyon in concerned, the problems go far beyond the simple conservation of spectacular views. Research has shown that at least one national park creek is uranium contaminated, while a governmental environmental impact review found contamination of the Colorado river, along with high levels of arsenic from old uranium operations.
Whilst nobody doubts that the need for the Uranium is there, the despoiling of such an irreplaceable world monument could never be justified for the obtaining of it, and Obama has got it exactly right with this decision. May he make more such while he remains in power.

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author avatar Buzz
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Envionmental triumph.

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