Sinema: ‘Grand Canyon uranium mining ban necessary for business, residents’
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix (District 15) released the following statement today after U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the extension of the moratorium on new uranium mining around the Grand Canyon:
“I was one of the many elected officials, community and business leaders across Arizona and nationwide who asked Secretary Salazar to protect our beloved Grand Canyon, a key resource for Arizona’s tourism and long-term economic survival. I applaud Secretary Salazar’s courageous decision today to extend the moratorium on new uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.
“Secretary Salazar has taken a bold and significant step today to protect the pride of Arizona, and the nation: our Grand Canyon. By extending the moratorium on new uranium mining around the
canyon for another 20 years, the Secretary has not only heard the concerns of downstream water users, including my constituents, but also the concerns of tourism-dependent small business owners and communities across the state that could not afford the risk.
“Today, the Secretary has demonstrated that we can protect the very best of our heritage, our water supplies and our economy.”