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August 6, 2000 |
Inside the stifling cinder-block house of Dorothy Joe, nothing moves but waves of grief. One by one, the old widow and her children begin to sob, as if despair were contagious. The weeping circle begins and ends with her, sitting at the dining room table, staring at weathered hands as if they held answers. She murmurs in Navajo, describing the white man's prized uranium and how it destroyed her husband. "They never told us it would kill us," says David Joe, 38, choking on his tears.
August 5, 2011
House Republicans, especially those of the "tea party" ilk, think they know the cause of our country's economic woes: environmental regulations. As a result, they loaded up the appropriations bill that funds the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency with dozens of riders that would encourage deadly pollution of the air and water, set back efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and allow uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, among other...
June 26, 2008 |
One million acres of public land near the Grand Canyon would be off-limits to new uranium mining under an emergency declaration adopted by a House committee. Tapping a rare provision not used in more than 20 years, the House Natural Resources Committee voted 20 to 2 to stop new claims to uranium for up to three years on land adjacent to the national park. Supporters of the measure, which was advanced by Democrat Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona, said a rush of claims to mine the area threatened the natural landscape that lures 5 million visitors to the park each year.
April 14, 2011 |
Mining claims threaten to mar the borders of 10 iconic national parks and wilderness areas, particularly the Grand Canyon, where uranium claims have increased 2,000% since 2004, according to a new report by the Pew Environment Group. Mining companies have filed claims to the rights to copper, gold and other metals in addition to uranium in areas around Mt. Rushmore, Joshua Tree National Park and other famous refuges at an increased rate in the last five to seven years because of rising global prices, the Pew report said.
January 11, 2012
Nothing spoils a good hike through the wilderness like radioactive streams. That's one of the reasons all Americans, but particularly Arizonans who benefit from the tourism magnet that is the Grand Canyon, should be thankful to the Obama administration for its decision Monday to withdraw about 1 million acres in the vicinity of the national park from new mining claims for the next 20 years. Congressional Republicans, led by politicians such as Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake who are heavily backed by the mining industry, turned the Grand Canyon decision into an important plank of a broad anti-environmental campaign last year, throwing up numerous bills and amendments to prevent the Interior Department from withdrawing these lands from new claims.
October 3, 1986 |
In July, 1982, film distributor John Hoskyns-Abrahall made plans to ship overseas prints of "In Our Own Backyards: Uranium Mining in the United States," a documentary exploring the health and environmental impact of uranium mining on a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico. As he has often done in the nine years since opening tiny Bullfrog Films in Oley, Pa.