WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva is urging the Senate to pass his bill banning future uranium mining in areas surrounding the Grand Canyon.
Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva discussed his support for the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act outside of the Capitol last week. (Source: Gray DC)
The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act would prevent new mining from occurring on roughly one million acres of federal land located in Arizona.
The land in question sits outside of the Grand Canyon boundary lines.
Havasupai tribal councilwoman Carletta Tilousi says getting the act signed into law would be a victory for all Arizona residents and future generations.
She hopes the law will prevent any possibility of water contamination from mining operations.
“At least we’ll have a sense of peace knowing that mining companies are not mining in our backyard," said Tilousi.
“The reality is that if we want to protect the river, if we want to protect our water source, if for no other reasons than that, they should pass it." said Grijalva.
Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar says while he does support preserving the Grand Canyon, he’s not on board with the proposed bill. He says environmental impact studies show mining in the area shows no risk to water sources or the national landmark itself.
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