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Pinyon Plain Mine, formerly known as Canyon Mine, uses water cannons to evaporate water from its holding pond near the mine shaft. A federal court ruled Feb. 22 that the mine could continue operations at their location approximately six miles from Grand Canyon National Park. (Submitted photo)

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The Havasupai Tribal Council has sent a formal letter of opposition to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) re-iterating its opposition to the Pinyon Plain Mine and requesting improved consultation and coordination with ADEQ to recognize the value of tribal traditional knowledge, as well as basic data-sharing on the mine’s operations and contaminants.

June 21, 2022
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Environmentalists and Havasupai lose appeal to halt uranium mine south of Grand Canyon
Federal court upholds decision that Pinyon Plain can be profitable

A federal appeals court Feb. 22 ruled against environmental groups and an Arizona tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press March 1, 2022