Along the Grand Canyon’s south rim, the old Orphan uranium mine still oozes radioactive waste into the surrounding soil and water – water that feeds into the Colorado River. Will new mines along the Grand Canyon also end up as abandoned Superfund sites, leaching hazardous waste into our drinking water?
Before he left office, Bush-era Secretary of the Interior Dick Kempthorne ignored scientists and Congress and authorized this destructive uranium mining plan. Soaring uranium prices have led mining companies to stake more than 10,600 claims on federal land – right along the Colorado River.
We can’t let this uranium mining destroy the Grand Canyon! The mining would threaten the drinking water for 30 million people living in the western United States and could devastate tourism, which generates more than half a billion dollars for the economy.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team
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Recycling Radioactive Metal into Jewelry and dinner ware
Legislators call it ‘a necessary risk’ to harbor nuclear waste, but how many of you know that radioactive metal is sold overseas, recycled into everyday items, and resold back into the U.S. to give us another dose of radiation?