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Action #1: Ask your legislators to vote yes on HR 1373 – Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act
(Letter from Jim Hines – Sierra Club, Los Padres Chapter)
Good Morning Friends:
First, contact the House Committee on Natural Resources:
HR 1373 – The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act would make the 2012 temporary ban permanent, which would eliminate speculative mining claims that mining companies and individuals have staked on public lands without having made a valid discovery of minerals. As of February 2018, there were over 800 active mining claims in the ban area. The Act would also prevent companies and individuals from staking new claims, although prior claims with valid existing rights could be developed.
Map by Stephanie L. Smith of the Grand Canyon Trust. Download a larger scale copy of the active mining claims within the Grand Canyon withdrawal area here.
Then – call your legislators!
Have they cosponsored this bill yet? (Carbajal has. Thank him. Where is Brownley?)
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Action #2: Please watch this short video on mining at the Grand Canyon and take our easy quiz…
Question: The president of Canyon Mining Company says it’s not worth mining for less than $50 a pound. If the market ever reaches that magic number, how much of that money do you think he’s going to set aside for:
- Cleaning up the site and restoring it after they’re through?
- Contamination of surface and underground water sources?
- Community or employee health issues caused by uranium mining?
Answer: Based on precedent, many mining companies will shut down or run out of money. Then, we pay. Even when companies pay some of the costs, we still pay. It will probably be cheaper for us taxpayers to buy out the Canyon Mining Co. now instead of after an act of pollution occurs. And some things can’t be fixed for all the money in the world.
This isn’t just happening to us…
- Uranium mining in the Grand Canyou Region (Grand Canyon Trust) Check out the great illustration on page 6 of how the uranium ore interacts with the Redwall-Muav Aquifer.
- Why are we allowing uranium miners to pollute groundwater in drought zones? (psmag.com)
- While “Zombie” mines idle, cleanup and workers remain in limbo (publicintegrity)(wfpl.org)
- Extracting a disaster (guardian)