The US Forest Service, with minimal public notice and no formal environmental review, has approved a permit allowing the UK's Vane Minerals company to explore for uranium in the Kaibab National Forest just outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. The site is less than three miles from a popular lookout over the canyon's southern rim. If deposits are found, it could lead to the first mines near the canyon since the price of uranium ore tumbled two decades ago. The Forest Service ruled that the canyon could be "categorically excluded" from a full environmental review because exploration would last less than a year and might not lead to mining activity. (Denver Post, Feb. 7)
See our last post on the global uranium wars and the struggle over public lands.
“The Cold War Threat to the Navajo”
A fairly amazing editorial from the New York Times Feb. 12. Of course, the only reason they can get away with saying this is because the Cold War is over. Better late than never.