APRIL 15, 2011
At SEDI’s 3/11/11 EE&RE Meeting, the group heard a presentation from Virginia Turner and Roger Clark from the Grand Canyon Trust explaining the details of a Draft EIS examining 4 different scenarios that addressed the withdrawal of land near the Grand Canyon for Uranium mining.
The committee asked that SEDI draft a response to the DEIS regarding the economic impacts of Withdrawal. Ron Hubert, President of SEDI, conducted an economic impact analysis of the transportation of the uranium ore under the different scenarios outlined in the DEIS and recommended the withdrawal of 1,017,776 acres from mineral exploration and mining be extended for at least 20 years (Alternative B in the DEIS). The SEDI Board unanimously approved the submission of this letter to Secretary Ken Salazar and on March 25, 2011, the DEIS response letter and enclosure were sent to Mr. Salazar and Mr. Scott Florence (District Manager for the BLM AZ Strip District Office).
Read SEDI’s Response to NAZ Proposed Withdrawal DEIS for U exploration (PDF). View the supporting crash impact estimates.
For more information on Uranium mining in the Grand Canyon area, visit The Grand Canyon Trust website.