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In my earlier post of this past week and on our month of November postings and relative to Latino “projections” has proven to be somewhat prescient, given that the Obama administration is announcing a 20-year ban on uranium mining.  Further, earlier this year, I posted the implacable efforts by Congressmen from Arizona, Grijalva and Pastor, respectively, as well as the concerns expressed by the Native American societies, in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah and for what damage could result to the water supply of these states and including the Colorado River.

Today, ABC News is reporting the following:

“Fending off pressure from the mining industry and congressional Republicans, the Obama administration is moving forward with a plan to ban new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to finalize a 20-year ban on new mining claims on public land surrounding the Grand Canyon at an event Monday in Washington.”

In summary, Grijalva, Pastor, and the Native American societies have achieved the almost impossible, and consequently, our Thanks to Secretary Salazar for joining us in our overall efforts to keep the Grand Canyon pristine and for the use of future generations.

Note:  Originally posted on the web site of the Chicano Veterans Organization.


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