"Nuclear Industry Sues to Reverse Grand Canyon Uranium Land Withdrawal"

"The Nuclear Energy Institute and the National Mining Association, Monday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to reverse the Obama administration's withdrawal of one million acres of public land in Arizona from uranium mining for 20 years."

"Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the continuation of the government's moratorium on new hardrock uranium mining claims on land surrounding the Grand Canyon on January 9. The public land at issue is not within the Grand Canyon National Park or the buffer zone protecting the national park.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona, the industry lawsuit argues that Salazar 'lacks legal authority to make withdrawals of public lands exceeding 5,000 acres.'"

Environment News Service had the story March 1, 2012.

Source: ENS, 03/02/2012