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White House opens door to uranium mining near protected lands

Hiker in Bears Ears National Monument.

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Mason Cummings, TWS

Uranium mining proposed at doorstep of national monuments

The White House Nuclear Fuels Working Group today released its long awaited report with recommendations to boost domestic uranium production. The report proposes a number of environmental rollbacks and taxpayer subsidies that clear the way for opening protected public lands like the Grand Canyon region, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante to extractive industries. 

“Enriching special interests with taxpayer resources so they can plunder national treasures like Bears Ears and the Grand Canyon will harm our land, water, and public health.” said America Fitzpatrick, senior representative of The Wilderness Society. “To do so in the face of a global pandemic is an abuse of public trust.”

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The U.S. doesn’t need to mine uranium on sensitive public lands and certainly shouldn’t be giving taxpayer funds to private companies to pollute these sacred public lands.  We import uranium from close allies like Australia and Canada, and currently have a 40-year stockpile according to Grand Canyon Trust.  

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