In early October, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from the National Mining Association to hear an appeal to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold a ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. The ban went into effect in 2012, and was first challenged in Arizona District Court in 2014.
The Grand Canyon Trust has been a leader in efforts to fight these potentially disastrous operations, and they are quick to point out that the Trump administration may still have the ability to lift the ban if they so choose. With history as a guide, it makes sense for all who oppose uranium mining to remain vigilant and ready to mobilize if efforts by the extraction industry gain renewed traction.
Follow this link for full details, including information about the potentially disastrous effects of mining on the canyon’s pristine water sources. These seeps, springs, and streams sustain the majority of the park’s flora and fauna, and serve as the lifeblood of the Havasupai people who have lived beneath the canyon’s rim for centuries.