The Christian Monitor
Teddy Roosevelt can rest easy. The Obama administration on Wednesday formally unveiled a plan to ban new uranium and other mining claims on 1 million acres of federal lands bordering the Grand Canyon for 20 years – a move that follows in the footsteps of the 26th president's efforts in the early part of last century.
The administration move was telegraphed in June by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who at that time, announced an "emergency" six-month extension of a ban on mining development in the area. He also endorsed the most restrictive of several options then under consideration to "ensure that all public lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park are protected from new hard-rock mining claims, all of which are in the watershed of the Grand Canyon."
"This is a great move by the Obama administration, and we commend them for protecting the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining," says Jane Danowitz, director of the US public land program at the Pew Environment Group in Washington. "Looking down the road, this is something he will be long remembered for – preserving this place so special to the American people from harmful mining."
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