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Hearing Friday on uranium mining near Grand Canyon

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. ” A Tucson congressman sponsoring a bill to ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon holds a congressional field hearing Friday in Flagstaff on the issue.

Democrat Raul Grijalva says the hearing will focus attention on the need to buffer “this icon, the Grand Canyon, from very harmful activity around it.”

Grijalva wants a ban on a million acres surrounding the canyon from mining activity.

He’ll be chairing a House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands hearing.

Earlier this month, environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service for giving approval to a British mining company to drill in pursuit of uranium at up to 39 sites on the Kaibab National Forest near the canyon.