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Care2 Success! No New Mining Near Grand Canyon For 20 Years

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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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7:56PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Wonderful!

7:56PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Wonderful!

2:00PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Great news!

8:44AM PDT on May 30, 2012

It should be forever but 20 years is better than nothing!

8:42AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Twenth years. Pathetic, should be for infinity.

5:50PM PDT on May 29, 2012

great news!

7:27AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

The Grand Canyon, one of the world's wonders?! -- only 20 years?! It should be automatic that it's forever!

5:37PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Mining not only is damaging to the environment and ecosystems its also hazardous to workers as well. Look for other alternative energy pursuits.

11:11AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

I just heard the Italian builders are suing.

8:42AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Meus amigos eu também gostei da noticia obrigado Care2

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