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Appeals court upholds move making over 1M ac around Grand Canyon NP off-limits to uranium mining

In a ruling applauded by conservationists and environmentalists, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the Obama administration's move to withdraw more than 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining claims.

The case dates back at least to 2009, when then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar placed a temporary moratorium on new mining claims on the landscape until threats to the canyon could be analyzed. Then, in 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management recommended the "full proposed withdrawal of approximately 1 million acres of BLM and Forest Service lands located near the national park from mining claim location and entry under the 1872 Mining Law for 20 years, subject to valid exiting rights."


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