Uranium mining ban will protect Grand Canyon, tourism dollars, future generations
Sen. Jack C. Jackson Jr.
January 10, 2012
State Capitol, Phoenix – Senator Jack C. Jackson, Jr. released the following statement today in support of the ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon by the Obama administration.
“This ban is responsible stewardship of our public lands,” Sen. Jackson said.
“I wholeheartedly support this decision, which follows the Navajo Nation’s ban on uranium mining. The Navajo Nation has been dealing with the health fallout from uranium mining for decades including lung cancers and other respiratory illnesses.”
Although this ban does not affect existing claims in the area, it prohibits new mining claims for the next 20 years. The decision was announced Monday by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to the applause of environmental groups and lawmakers who had worked for years to stop uranium mining near one of the seven natural wonders of the world. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation, the Grand Canyon attracts more than four million tourists a year and generates an estimated $3.5 billion in economic activity for the state and tribal communities.
"Arizona is known worldwide as The Grand Canyon State," said Sen. Jackson. "This decision will ensure the preservation and enjoyment of this splendor for future generations."