|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||July 21, 2009|
|Contact:||Kathleen O'Neil, Associate Director, Media Relations 202.419.3717|
NPCA Commends Sec. Salazar for Suspending Uranium Mining Claims Near Grand Canyon
Statement by David Nimkin, Southwest Regional Director:
"Secretary Salazar is to be commended for a decision to halt new mining claims on Arizona lands near Grand Canyon National Park pending review, and for letting science and well-informed decision-making prevail. The withdrawal of mining claims will allow for a careful review of almost 11,000 uranium mining claims that have been filed in the past few years within the Grand Canyon’s watershed.
"More than 4 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year, and nearly 25 million people downstream depend upon the Colorado River’s water. This icon and the region deserve policies that consider long-term impacts, to ensure their protection for our children and grandchildren."