Public Lands

Our public monuments and parks are critical for land and water conservation and preserving the rich history of our country. I am proud to work on projects that protect our public lands and ensure that they are accessible to all Americans.

More on Public Lands

March 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), whose district encompasses the Grand Canyon, called on Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt to temporarily close Grand Canyon National Park to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of park employees, visitors, and families in nearby northern Arizona communities.

February 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following reports that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted in support of expanded uranium mining on lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:  

“I am extremely displeased to see this vote in Mohave County. Expanding uranium mine operations on lands near the Grand Canyon puts more than just the natural beauty and cultural significance of the area at risk—it threatens the health of Arizonans, our water supply, and our state’s tourism economy.

December 13, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., who recently learned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had contracted with embattled Tetra Tech for the assessment of 54 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation, has written a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising questions about the $85 million contract.

The Pasadena-based company is facing 23 lawsuits, including at least one by the U.S. government, claiming its subsidiary, Tetra Tech EC, falsified soil samples at an old Navy shipyard it was remediating in 2013.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup, Chairman Frank Pallone (NJ-03) affirmed his commitment to cleaning up abandoned uranium mines and providing adequate compensation for impacted families and former uranium mine workers after hearing Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) speak about the importance of this ongoing issue.

November 7, 2019 Contributed Columns

I am proud to represent Arizona’s First Congressional District, which is home to the Grand Canyon.

I remember the first time I visited the Grand Canyon, and the first time I showed it to my grandchildren. Anyone who has been lucky enough to visit this natural wonder can see that it is truly a national treasure.

Last week, the House of Representatives took historic action to protect this treasure by passing the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act.

October 31, 2019 In The News

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, legislation introduced by a group of lawmakers including Arizona Democrat Tom O’Halleran. The bill would permanently ban uranium mining in and near the Grand Canyon if it goes through the Senate successfully.

October 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, legislation introduced by a group of lawmakers including Arizona Reps. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Raúl Grijalva (AZ-02) that would permanently ban uranium mining in and near the Grand Canyon.

October 30, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON – The House voted 236-185 Wednesday to permanently ban uranium mining on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, on a largely party line vote in which each side accused the other of fear-mongering.

Republicans said the bill would do little to protect the Grand Canyon while killing mining jobs and making the U.S. reliant on other countries – some hostile – for uranium for our power and weapons.

October 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Wednesday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers to introduce the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act, legislation that would create a federal land exchange to expand Casa Grande Ruins National Monument by transferring administrative jurisdiction of 11.21 acres of federal land to the National Parks Service (NPS) and 3.5 acres of NPS land to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the San Carlos Irrigation Project.

October 23, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — Working with a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Sedona, introduced legislation Wednesday that would expand the boundaries of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

The "Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act" would create a federal land exchange to expand the Coolidge-based national monument.

Pages