Last week, those who support EWG saw some very tangible and important results, as we achieved a major victory in our quest to protect the Grand Canyon from additional uranium mining operations. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar set aside nearly a million acres around the north and south rims of the canyon, preventing the mining industry from staking any new claims for at least 2 years, and possibly as many as 20.
While this is not a permanent fix to the problem, it gives EWG and other concerned organizations time to build support in Congress for legislation that would once and for all protect what is arguably America’s most iconic natural treasure from the threat of toxic mining operations. On behalf of all of us at EWG, thank you very much for your support.
Dusty Horwitt, Senior Public Lands Analyst