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EWG’s maps revealed a surge in uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon and helped win protections for 1 million acres near the park and the Colorado River. Read more about our mining work.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Bush administration allowed Phoenix-based Neutron Energy to stake 20 new mining claims south of the Grand Canyon on August 7, in violation of an emergency Congressional resolution passed seven weeks earlier that declared off limits to mining activity approximately 1 million acres adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A House committee today exercised rarely used emergency powers to protect the Grand Canyon from a surge in uranium mining claims near the canyon rim.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

In response to the threat that surging mining claims along the Colorado pose to drinking water in Las Vegas, the General Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), Patricia Mulroy, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne requesting that “Interior carefully evaluate the implications for water quality in the Colorado River before authorizing [hardrock] mining operations within its watershed.”

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Mining claims near the Colorado River have doubled in the last five years, raising fears that the West’s most important waterway – a source of drinking water to 25 million people – could become contaminated by toxic heavy metals, including radioactive uranium waste.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Since the Sagebrush Rebellion of the late 1970s, industries that profit by taking resources from Western public lands – logging, oil and gas drilling, and mining – have stirred up opposition to increased environmental regulation by painting their critics as outsiders – do-gooders from Washington, D.C., trampling on the Rocky Mountain West’s proud heritage and hardscrabble economy.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

As pressure mounts to overhaul the antiquated 1872 Mining Law, two high-profile mining operations have come to a halt - one along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and the other right above the Colorado ski town of Crested Butte.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Soaring prices for gold, copper, and uranium have sparked an explosion of mining claims that are encroaching on booming cities, sprawling suburbs, small towns and rural recreation havens throughout the western United States, according to a new analysis of federal records.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

In an ominous move that threatens the integrity of the nation’s most iconic natural treasure, the Forest Service has approved drilling for uranium at as many as 39 sites near the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

In an ominous move, the Forest Service has approved drilling for uranium at as many as 39 sites near the Grand Canyon’s south rim, marking what may be the beginning of a rush to mine the radioactive mineral near the iconic National Park.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Public Lands Senior Analyst Dusty Horwitt applauded today's vote in the House supporting landmark reform of the nation's antiquated mining law, first put on the books when by Ulysses S. Grant was President in 1872.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

WASHINGTON - Environmental Working Group (EWG) Public Lands Senior Analyst Dusty Horwitt, called on the Congress to reform the 1872 Mining Act, signed into law by Ulysses S. Grant and not amended in any meaningful way since.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

A modern-day Gold Rush is threatening California’s national parks, national monuments, wilderness and roadless areas.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Oversight Hearing on Hardrock Mining on Federal Land.

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Monday, October 1, 2007

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.

Public Lands Analyst

Environmental Working Group

Submitted for the Record

Background

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Environmental Working Group analyst Dusty Horwitt talks about jewelry's ugly little secret: the mining industry.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

A report released by the Environmental Working Group today shows an 80 percent increase in uranium, gold and other mining claims in 12 western states over the past five years, including an explosion of uranium claims near the edge of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Public Lands Analyst, Environmental Working Group

 

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

As new mining claims multiply across the Western United States, Environmental Working Group (EWG) applauds House Natural Resources Committee Chairman, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) for reintroducing much-needed mining reform legislation.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Driven by soaring prices for uranium and other metals, and aided by an antiquated federal law, in the last four years mining interests have staked new claims on 2.3 million acres of Western public lands — an area larger than Yellowstone National Park.

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