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Salazar one critical step closer to banning new uranium mining claims...

The Obama administration today took a critical final step toward withdrawing 1 million acres of federal land around Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining claims, drawing praise from conservation groups battling a mining rush that started several years ago.

Navajo Generating Station blamed for haze over Grand Canyon, respiratory illnesses

Residents of the Navajo and Hopi reservations in the Four Corners region are dismayed that a study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station near Page, Ariz., “clearly omits consideration of the coal-burning plant’s pollution impacts on public health.”

Salazar seeks ban on new uranium-mining claims within 1 million acres...

Speaking at Grand Canyon National Park today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims as the “preferred alternative” in an ongoing federal review of hardrock mining on the 1 million acres of public lands surrounding the Grand Canyon.

McCain, Udall to hold climate-change hearing in Estes Park Monday

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona continue their odd-bed-fellows magical mystery tour over the August congressional break...

Changes sought in 1872 mining law as uranium claims explode

Wednesday was dress-up day on Capitol Hill in Washington, with President Ulysses S. Grant impersonators calling on lawmakers to reform the 1872 mining law the Civil War hero enacted to encourage prospectors to, in the immortal words of Horace Greeley, “Go west, young man.”