U.S. OKs uranium search near Grand Canyon

February 7, 2008

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a permit allowing a mining company to look for uranium near Grand Canyon National Park.

Officials in Coconino County, Ariz., voted Tuesday to try to block any potential uranium mines immediately north and south of the national park, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said the discovery of rich uranium deposits by British mining company Vane Minerals could lead to lead to the first mines near the canyon in decades.

Deb Hill, chairwoman of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors said the board's decision was based on knowledge of the cancers suffered by former uranium workers and their families on a nearby Navajo reservation, as well as concern about environmental and safety risks from a mining operation.

"We have a legacy, which isn't too good, from the uranium mining in the past," Hill told the newspaper.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Biomining the elements of the future

Related Stories

Biomining the elements of the future

January 29, 2018

Biomining is the kind of technique promised by science fiction: a vast tank filled with microorganisms that leach metal from ore, old mobile phones and hard drives.

Johannesburg suffocates in shadow of mine dumps

January 2, 2018

"Look at my spinach. That is the sand from the mine. The yellow one in the soil—it's destroying everything," said Thabo Ngubane as he tended his small allotment in Soweto.

Interior halting uranium mining at Grand Canyon

July 21, 2009

(AP) -- Thousands of mining claims dot 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says his department has a responsibility to ensure those resources are developed in a way that protects communities, ...

Recommended for you

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.