The Trump administration is being asked to threaten the safety of the water supply of the entire US Southwest as Arizona officials attempt to lift uranium ban:
Joanna Walters (June 2017). Grand Canyon at risk as Arizona officials ask Trump to end uranium mining ban. The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/05/public-lands-uranium-mining-arizona-grand-canyon
....a coalition of influential officials in Arizona and Utah is urging the Trump administration to consider rolling back Obama-era environmental protections that ban new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
They argue that the 20-year ban that came into effect in 2012 is unlawful and stifles economic opportunity in the mining industry. But supporters of the ban say new mining activity could increase the risk of uranium-contaminated water flowing into the canyon. Past mining in the region has left hundreds of polluted sites among Arizona’s Navajo population, leading to serious health consequences, including cancer and kidney failure.
The new appeal to the Trump administration appears in the draft of a letter expected to be sent on Monday to the US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, by the Mohave County board of supervisors, whose region borders the north side of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Similar letters are being drawn up by other regional leaders in neighboring county governments in southern Utah, to be sent to Washington by the end of the week, according to officials.
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