The National Mining Association expressed disappointment, but stopped short of announcing an immediate challenge to the decision. Industry groups, typified by the Institute for Energy Research, opposed the decision as a big-government move that will hurt consumers.
Members of Congress from Western states, including Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, denounced the decision as “a devastating blow to job creation in northern Arizona.”
Republicans in Congress sharply criticized the decision, saying it was based on inadequate analysis of the connection between uranium mining and water pollution. Republicans are pushing legislation that would reverse the ban, although such legislation is not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.
As someone who loves backpacking in the Grand Canyon, I applaud the Obama administration for making the correct decision.
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