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07 Nov 2013: Grand Canyon 'Zombie'
Uranium Mine on Hold for Financial Reasons

South Rim of Grand Canyon
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The reopening of a major uranium mine near the Grand Canyon has been put on hold until December 2014 or whenever a federal court rules on the proposed revival of the mine, the Guardian reports. The owner of Canyon Mine, Energy Fuels Resources, cited falling uranium prices, which have reached a near five-year low, and litigation costs as reasons for the decision. In April the Canyon Mine and other so-called "zombie mines" were given federal approval to reopen based on their existing rights at the time they closed, despite an Obama administration ban on new hard-rock mines in areas larger than 1 million acres. Grand Canyon National Park officials say reopening the Canyon Mine — located six miles from the popular South Rim entrance — and other uranium mines could affect scarce water sources in the area. Dozens of other mines with existing claims in the area could also reopen, park officials said. Last year a coalition of environmental groups and the Havasupai Indian tribe sued the federal government over what they say is an outdated environmental review of the impacts of such mining.


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