that modern-day uranium mining is better regulated and more responsibly undertaken than in the past, effectively minimizing the risk that history will repeat itself and worsen the toxic and radioactive legacy that has gripped the Colorado Plateau since the government-driven uranium boom of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.c Mining companies often claim that mines operating in the post-Atomic Era and after the creation of environmental regulations won’t pollute land, air, and water or cause cancer in communities like past uranium operations have done.
The reality however, is different. Uranium mining is inherently dangerous for land, water, and people. Once uranium is exposed to oxygen, a never-ending battle with Mother Nature begins to keep the radioactive element from finding its way into water, soil, plants, wildlife, and the bodies of human beings.
Mining near the Grand Canyon also would mean mining right next-door to communities that today are still living with the contamination and health consequences of the last government-supported uranium boom.
Uranium Mining Doesn’t Belong Near the Grand Canyon
Uranium mining is inherently dangerous and presents risks of irreversible contamination that will impact communities and the environment long after the mines have closed and corporate managers have been paid. These risks are amplified in the Grand Canyon region as a result of complex hydrogeology that no one fully understands — not even scientists !