Mining in the Grand Canyon area puts at risk an irreplaceable natural environment and a thriving tourism economy that depends on it. Uranium mining isn’t worth putting the Grand Canyon at risk, so the current 20-year ban on mining in the Grand Canyon area should be made permanent to ensure the Grand Canyon is protected for future generations.
Closing off over a million acres of Arizona’s land to development will hurt the state’s economy and potentially jeopardize U.S. national security, as uranium is used in military applications. It may be possible to mine safely in ways that protect the surrounding environment. Permanently banning mining now, before feasibility studies on the issue by the U.S. Geological Survey are completed, is premature.