Last week, a bill was introduced that would open 1 million acres near Grand Canyon National Park to new uranium mining. The bill is in direct opposition to a Department of the Interior recommendation to impose a 20-year ban on drilling in the area. While supporters of the bill such as sponsor Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale feel it is exactly what the American economy needs, others (myself included) feel that mining in the Grand Canyon borders on sacrilege. Rep. Raul Grijalva put it best when he pointed out, “It’s the Grand Canyon, stupid.”
I’m not opposed to nuclear energy on principle like some people, and I know uranium mining is a necessary evil. But if we’re considering mining near the Grand Canyon, it needs to be approached very, very carefully to prevent any harm to this most iconic of American landmarks.