The Grand Canyon Deserves Better
Uranium mining on the Grand Canyon’s doorstep? Not if we can help it.
The Grand Canyon: “You cannot improve on it.”
On a visit in 1903, Teddy Roosevelt said of the Grand Canyon: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”
It’s one of the most spectacular sights in the world. It’s so iconic you can picture it even if you’ve never been there — but seeing it first hand is really the only way get a sense of its sheer scale.
That’s why we need to say no to uranium mining in the Grand Canyon watershed.
Uranium mining interests have had their eyes on the land surrounding the national monument for a long time, and now several mining industry-friendly members of Congress are urging the Department of the Interior to scrap the Obama-era protections that have kept new mining projects away from the area.1
Uranium mining is a dirty process that has left a toxic trail across the west, spreading radioactive dust through the air and contaminating water supplies with toxic chemicals.2
How You Can Help
This iconic place deserves better, and so do the hundreds of bighorn sheep, the endangered California condors, and the other wildlife that call it home.
1. Maya L. Kapoor, “A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?” High Country News, June 12, 2018.
2. “Grand Canyon at Risk: Uranium Mining Threatens a National Treasure,” Environment America Research & Policy Center, June 6, 2018.