Why the new Grand Canyon monument won't really impact Arizona's uranium industry

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, August 14, 2023 - 11:01am
Updated: Monday, August 14, 2023 - 11:20am

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President Joe Biden speaks before signing a proclamation designating the Baaj Nwaavjo I'Tah Kukveni National Monument at the Red Butte Airfield on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, in Tusayan, Arizona.

President Joe Biden last week established a new national monument on nearly 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. By creating Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona, it means that land will now be off-limits to new uranium mining.

That’s been a controversial topic of discussion in the area over the past several years. Many environmentalists and tribal communities worry about the impacts on water supplies, as well as mining on land considered sacred, while some GOP state lawmakers called Biden's move a "land grab."

To get a sense of what this action means, The Show talked to Tom Zoellner. He’s the author of several books, including 2009’s "Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock that Shaped the World." 

Tom Zoellner
Tom Zoellner
Tom Zoellner

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