Arizona Republic: House votes to permanently ban uranium mines near the Grand Canyon
The U.S. House voted today to approve a bill that would prohibit new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, making permanent a ban put in place in 2012. The vote of 236-185 was nearly all along party lines.
“For the Navajo people, this measure is more than just a political battle or a fight over differing views, it is a fight for life,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer in a statement provided to The Arizona Republic. “It’s a fight to bring closure to a long and devastating history of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation.”
Kelly, a Democrat who is running against Republican McSally for the Senate next year, provided a statement about the bill, which he supports: “The Grand Canyon is a treasure not just for Arizona, but for the planet, and we should continue to protect this area from uranium mining,” he said. “Northern Arizona is still contending with the public health impact of abandoned uranium mines, and the federal government should be focused on cleaning up those sites.”
McSally did not return a request for comment on the bill, nor did Gov. Doug Ducey.