O'Halleran Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining
WASHINGTON - Over the weekend, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced his support for a new bill to permanently ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Raúl Grijalva, will permanently extend the current moratorium on uranium mining in the region.
"This region is still coping with the toxic legacy of uranium mining, and it has had a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of communities and families over the decades," said O'Halleran. "For years I have fought against efforts to resume uranium mining near the Grand Canyon watershed, and I am proud to continue that work today by co-sponsoring the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act. For 100 years, and for decades before, millions of people have visited the Grand Canyon for its spiritual significance and natural beauty. We have an obligation to protect this natural wonder for centuries to come."
O'Halleran, who represents communities throughout much of the Grand Canyon, lead successful efforts to prevent uranium mining in the region in the last Congress. Congress also passed language, introduced by O'Halleran, to expedite the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines throughout northern Arizona.