July 2, 2018

Arizona Reps Want More in Promise to Ban Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation want assurances from the Trump administration

Grand canyon colorado The Colorado River snakes through the Grand Canyon. (PHOTO: Vanessa Barchfield, AZPM)

Southern Arizona representatives Raúl Grijalva and Tom O'Halleran have ask for a formal announcement on the banning of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon in a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

The letter said the Interior Department has made such a promise in tweets, but that the members of Congress want something more formal.

There are hundreds of abandoned mines near the Grand Canyon. The representatives said the clean-up of those mines has already cost more than $1 billion.

Representatives Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema also signed the letter.

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