Letter: Havasupai Tribe needs your support against uranium mining

To the editor,

The Navajo Nation continues to suffer from uranium mining that was conducted during the Cold War to supply the U.S. military with materials for nuclear bombs. Now, the Havasupai Tribe will be subjected to the very same environmental contamination and destruction.

This time, Denison Mines, a Canadian company that is partially owned by South Korea, plans to continue mining the uranium in and around the Grand Canyon. The mining and milling operations will be conducted in the U.S. with the finished uranium going overseas. Once the uranium goes overseas, it will be anyone's guess how it will eventually be used.

South Korea currently has 21 nuclear power plants with five more on the way. In addition, South Korea does not have sufficient controls to handle the uranium wastes once the fuel rods are spent. The people of South Korea also stand to suffer from uranium mined near Grand Canyon.

Do not let those who have suffered on Navajo Nation go unheard. Voice your support for the Havasupai people who are now facing the same devastation. Visit www.stopuraniummining.org and join in to "Stop Uranium Mining.'

Gary Barnes

Environmental Health Specialist

Payson, AZ


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