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Grand Canyon NPS
Grand Canyon, US National Park Service
Subsequent to failure in their attempt to overturn a uranium mining ban for the area near the Grand Canyon, groups representing uranium mining interests are appealing. What part of no do these bullies not understand? This is one reason that the US government does so many wrong things, for if they do the right thing they get sued and big corporations have deep pockets. A list of companies represented by one of the Mining Associations taking legal action against the US government, i.e. taxpayers, to overturn the uranium mining ban is at the bottom of the page, to facilitate boycott of those who waste taxpayer monies on abusive lawsuits, which in this case also involves degradation of the environment, (at every stage of the uranium cycle). They include Uranium One, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Russian government owned Rosatom, who is still mining uranium in the USA, untouched by sanctions.

And, the National Mining Association and AEMA (American Exploration and Mining Association) were trashy enough to file suit right before Thanksgiving. American Indians of the area object to uranium mining, making filing it close to Thanksgiving even more revolting.

According to the US Geological Survey: “Uranium mining within the watershed may increase the amount of radioactive materials and heavy metals in the surface water and groundwater flowing into Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River, and deep mining activities may increase mobilization of uranium through the rock strata into the aquifers. In addition, waste rock and ore from mined areas may be transported away from the mines by wind and runoff.” http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5025/
Grand Canyon River
Grand Canyon, National Park Service

USGS Factsheet Map U Ban Jan 2011 lightened up
USGS Map from Jan 2011
Grand Canyon Trust Map here: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/documents/gc_uranium_mapClaims.pdf

In October, Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva praised the upholding of the uranium ban:
Uranium mining poses unacceptable risks to the Grand Canyon, the waters running through it and the wildlife that make it their home’ said Rep. Grijalva. ‘Yesterday, the U.S. District Court ensured that the roughly five million people who visit the Canyon every year will continue to enjoy its natural beauty, and the 30 million people who rely on the Colorado River for drinking water won’t have to worry about toxins coming from the kitchen sink.http://grijalva.house.gov/news-and-press-releases/grijalva-praises-court-ruling-to-uphold-grand-canyon-uranium-mining-ban/ (Emphasis added)

Boating down the Colorado River Below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park, by Mark Lellouch NPS
Boating down the Colorado River Below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park, by Mark Lellouch National Park Service

From the Earth Justice Press Release, November 26, 2014, “HAVASUPAI TRIBE, CONSERVATION COALITION WILL DEFEND GRAND CANYON FROM URANIUM INDUSTRY APPEAL: Uranium companies appeal ruling that banned new mining claims on 1 million acres near iconic park, Grand Canyon, AZ — The Havasupai Tribe and conservation groups will fight appeals filed yesterday by two mining lobbying groups challenging a ruling by Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell that upheld a ban on new uranium mining claims on about one million acres adjacent to Grand Canyon….

Havasupai Chairman Rex Tilousi provided the following statement emphasizing the importance of Judge Campbell’s decision upholding the ban:
The Havasupai support the withdrawal of the lands from mining for the protection of our homes and our water. The ruling by Judge Campbell recognizes the unique and important resources on the lands south of Grand Canyon that are our aboriginal homelands and within the watershed that feeds our springs and flows into our canyon home.”
The court’s ruling affirms conclusions by five federal agencies, including scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey,” said Grand Canyon Trust’s Roger Clark. “Uranium mining poses unacceptable risks to Grand Canyon’s water, wildlife, and people. It should be permanently banned from our region.”
One of the great symbols of the American West, Grand Canyon was first protected as a national monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, and is surrounded by millions of additional acres of public lands that include wilderness areas, two national monuments, lands designated to protect endangered species and cultural resources, and old-growth ponderosa pine forests. The canyon area is also home to the Havasupai, Kaibab Band of Paiutes, Hualapai and Navajo tribes and has been designated a “World Heritage” site. The greater Grand Canyon region attracts about five million tourists and recreationists per year.
” (Emphasis our own). Read the press release and more here: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/havasupai-tribe-conservation-coalition-will-defend-grand-canyon-from-uranium-industry-appeal (Earth Justice legal team accepts donations at link.)

See chronology of law suits here: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/news/2012/02/grand-canyon-trust-uranium-campaign-chronicle/

The two lobbying groups appealing the decision are the National Mining Association and the American Exploration & Mining Association (AECOM), itself a member of the National Mining Association: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/11/26/havasupai-tribe-conservation-coalition-will-defend-grand-canyon-uranium-industry See more here: http://www.wise-uranium.org/upusaaz.html

The National Mining Association spokesman is Luke Popovich. Popovich can be a Russian surname. Is there a relationship between him and Russian government owned Rosatom, which was also involved in filing a lawsuit over mining uranium near the Grand Canyon? Vane Minerals, now called Rose Petroleum, had sued the US government over the right to mine uranium and is, or was, partnered with Uranium One (owned by the Russian government (Rosatom). See: “In the United States Court of Federal Claims No. 13-413 L Filed: April 29, 2014, VANE MINERALS (US), LLC, Plaintiff, v. THE UNITED STATES, Defendant.” However, according to their web site they are currently seeking to divest of their uranium stakes. Did the judge rule that they pay costs for their frivolous law suit and cure them? Why did they change their name?

Although we can find no bio on Popovich, there is a list at the bottom of our post of all of the nasty companies who are members of the National Mining Association, so you can boycott them. Through membership in this National Mining Association, they are suing the US taxpayer (govt.) to get their way in raping and pillaging the land. They include foreign companies such as Siemens, Hitachi, Dassault and Schneider, along with mining companies such as Uranium One, a fully owned subsidiary of Rosatom, itself 100% Russian government owned. Sanctions against Russia? What sanctions? Even the Uranium One web site says that it has been business as usual with no impacts on them from sanctions. They continue to do uranium mining in the US, and, of course, Russia continues to do business with the UK’s BP (Rosneft), Italy’s ENI, French gov owned EDF, and Wintershall subsidiary of German BASF (Gazprom-South Stream Pipeline ownership). The National Mining Association is a laundry list of miners and equipment and tire (tyre) companies, both US and Foreign.

This land has been occupied for 12,000 years and Popovich and the rest think they have rights to do as they please with the land? Even to destroy the land? By what right?
PREHISTORIC Prehistoric Granaries Above Nankoweap in Marble Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, by Mark Lellouch, National Park Service
Archeological Resources: The oldest human artifacts found are nearly 12,000 years old and date to the Paleo-Indian period. There has been continuous use and occupation of the park since that time“.

The park has recorded over 4,300 archeological resources with an intensive survey of over 5% of the park area.

The park’s 11 Traditionally Associated Tribes and historic ethnic groups view management of archeological resources as preservation of their heritage.

Archeological remains from the following culture groups are found in Grand Canyon National Park: Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Basketmaker, Ancestral Puebloan (Kayenta and Virgin branches), Cohonina, Cerbat, Pai, Southern Paiute, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Euro-American. Learn more…http://www.nps.gov/grca/historyculture/index.htm#CP_JUMP_139757

Map to the area: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/GRCAmap2.pdf

Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. The land is semi-arid and consists of raised plateaus and structural basins typical of the southwestern United States. Drainage systems have cut deeply through the rock, forming numerous steep-walled canyons. Forests are found at higher elevations, while the lower elevations are made up of a series of desert basins.

Well known for its geologic significance, the Grand Canyon is one of the most studied geologic landscapes in the world. It offers an excellent record of three of the four eras of geological time, a rich and diverse fossil record, a vast array of geologic features and rock types, and numerous caves containing extensive and significant geological, paleontological, archeological and biological resources. It is considered one of the finest examples of arid-land erosion in the world. The Canyon, incised by the Colorado River, is immense, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 18 miles at its widest. However, the significance of Grand Canyon is not limited to its geology.

The Park contains several major ecosystems. Its great biological diversity can be attributed to the presence of five of the seven life zones and three of the four desert types in North America. The five life zones represented are the Lower Sonoran, Upper Sonoran, Transition, Canadian, and Hudsonian. This is equivalent to traveling from Mexico to Canada. The Park also serves as an ecological refuge, with relatively undisturbed remnants of dwindling ecosystems (such as boreal forest and desert riparian communities). It is home to numerous rare, endemic (found only at Grand Canyon), and specially protected (threatened or endangered) plant and animal species.

Over 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammalian, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian, and 17 fish species are found in park. http://www.nps.gov/grca/naturescience/index.htm (Emphasis added)

There are approximately 1,737 known species of vascular plants, 167 species of fungi, 64 species of moss and 195 species of lichen found in Grand Canyon National Park. This variety is largely due to the 8,000 foot elevation change from the river up to the highest point on the North Rim. http://www.nps.gov/grca/naturescience/plants.htm (Emphasis our own). Visiting the Grand Canyon: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/index.htm

Previous Uranium Mining Still Needs Cleanup in the US
Clean up the Mines Fact Sheet
Clean up the Mines.org Factsheet. More information at link

List of Corporations Involved in Legal Action Against the US taxpayer (aka govt.) to Overturn the Uranium Mining Ban

AEMA has 2,300 members so if there is a list it would be too lengthy to reproduce here. AEMA is a member of the National Mining Association, which seems an umbrella group.

Members of the National Mining Association for whom Popovich is spokesman (Note AIG is even there!) :
3M Mining & Minerals Extraction Group
AK Coal Resources
Alabama Coal Association
Alaska Miners Association
Alden Resources, LLC
Alexander Proudfoot
Alliance Coal, LLC
Alpha Engineering Services
Alpha Natural Resources, LLC
Ambre Energy NA Inc.
American Coal Council
American Exploration & Mining Association
American Mining Insurance Company
Anglo American Exploration (USA) Inc.
AngloGold Ashanti North America Inc.
Ansul Incorporated
Antraquip Corporation
Arch Coal, Inc.
Arizona Mining Association
Atlas Copco
Austin Powder Company

Barr Engineering Company
Barrick Gold of North America
Becker Mining America
Berwind Natural Resources Corp.
BGR Capital & Trade, LLC
BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal
Black Cat Blades, Ltd.
Black Range Minerals
BNSF Railway Company
Boart Longyear Company
Bowles Rice Inc.
Bridgestone Americas Off Road Tire Division
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

C.E. Niehoff & Co.
Cameco Resources, Inc.
Cardno MM&A
Caterpillar Inc.
Chevron Mining Inc.
Cincinnati Mine Machinery Co.
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.
Cloud Peak Energy, Inc.
Coal Operators & Associates
Coeur Mining, Inc.
Colorado Mining Association
CONSOL Energy Inc.
Crowell & Moring L.L.P.
CSX Transportation
Cummins Engine Company, Inc.

Dassault Systèmes GEOVIA Inc.
Derrick Corporation
Deutz Corporation
Dingess-Rum Properties, Inc.
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Drummond Company, Inc.
DSI Underground Systems Inc.
DuCharme, McMillen & Associates, Inc.
Dux Machinery Corporation

East Fairfield Coal Co.
Eickhoff Corporation
Enviance, Inc.
Environmental Standards, Inc.
Ernst & Young LLP
ESCO Corporation
Eurotire, Inc.

Farrell-Cooper Mining Company
FilterMag International
Fisher Mining Company
FLSmith Inc.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

GE Mining
General Kinematics
Geoprobe Systems
Georgia Mining Association
GFS Corp.
Glen Raven Technical Fabrics
Goldcorp Inc.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., The
Gorman-Rupp Company
Ground Force Mfg. LLC

Hallador Energy Company
Hauhinco LP
Headwaters Incorporated
Hecla Mining Company
Helac Corporation
Hercules Sealing Products
Hitachi Consulting
Hitachi Mining
Horsehead Corporation
Howden North America – Axial Products Division
Humphreys Enterprises, Inc.
Hunton & Williams LLP

Idaho Mining Association
Illinois Coal Association
Immersive Technologies, Inc.
Indiana Coal Council, Inc.
INTERA Incorporated
Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc.
ITR America
ITW Polymers Adhesives North America

J. H. Fletcher & Co.
J.R. Simplot Company
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Jackson Lewis LLP
Jennmar Corporation
John T. Boyd Company
Joy Global Inc.

Kentucky Coal Association
Kentucky River Properties LLC
Kinder Morgan Resources
Kinross Gold USA, Inc.
Klein Products, Inc.
Knapheide Manufacturing Company (The)
Komatsu America Corporation
Kress Corporation
Kyanite Mining Corporation

Lamarche Manufacturing Company
Liebherr Mining Equipment Co.
Lignite Energy Council
Line Power Manufacturing Corp.
Lockton Companies
Luminant Mining

Maintainer Corporation pf Iowa, Inc.
Manitou Americas
Martin Consulting LLC
Martin Engineering
Materion Natural Resources
McLanahan Corporation
McLellan Equipment
MEGA Corp.
Michelin North America
MICON/Phoenix First Response
Mine Site Technologies (USA)
Mining Media
MMD Mineral Sizing (America), Inc.
Morton Salt Division
MTU America
Muncie Power Products
Murray Energy Corporation

National Gypsum Company
Natural Resource Partners L.P.
Nelson Brothers, Inc.
Nevada Mining Association
New Mexico Mining Association
Newmont Mining Corporation
Nexans AmerCable
Niece Products of Kansas
Norfolk Southern Corporation
North American Coal Corp.
Norwest Corporation
NPK Construction Equipment
Nu-West Agrium CPO

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Ohio Coal Association
Oldenburg Group Incorporated
Oremco, Inc.
Orica USA
Oxbow Mining, LLC
Oxford Mining Company,LLC

PacifiCorp Energy
Pardee Resources Company
Parsons, Behle & Latimer
Patriot Coal Corporation
Patton Boggs, L.L.P.
Peabody Energy
Pebble Partnership Limited
Penn-Ohio Coal Company
Pennsylvania Coal Alliance
Perkins Coie LLC
Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.
Phillips Machine Service, Inc.
Piney Land Company
Pioneer Pump
Pocahontas Land Corporation
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Powertech Uranium Corporation
Prairie State Generating Company, LLC
Praxair Distribution, Inc.
Preiser Scientific, Inc.
Prox Company, Inc.
Putzmeister America, Inc.
PVR Coal, a division of Regency Gas


RCF Management LLC
Rema Tip top, North America Inc.
Reschini Agency, Inc.
The Redpath Group
Rimex Inc.
Rimpull Corporation
Rio Tinto/Kennecott Utah Copper
Romarco Minerals Inc.
Rosebud Mining Company
Royal Gold, Inc.

Safety Solutions International, Inc.
Sandvik Mining
Schneider Electric USA
SEW Eurodrive
Siemens Industries
Snell & Wilmer LLP
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Stellar Industries Inc.
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Stillwater Mining Company
Strata Products (USA) LLC
Stu Blattner, Inc.
Summitt Truck Equipment
Superior Industries, Inc.
Swanson Industries, Inc.
Syntron Material Handling

Teck American Incorporated
TECO Coal Corporation
Telsmith, Inc.
Tennessee Mining Association
Terra Source TM Global
Tetra Tech
Texas Mining & Reclamation Association
Thunderbird Mining Systems
Tiefenbach North America, LLC
Total Power, Inc.
Trapper Mining Inc.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Trinity Consultants
Twin Metals Minnesota

United Coal Company LLC
Uranerz Energy Corporation
Uranium Energy Corporation
Uranium One, Americas
Uranium Resources, Inc.
Ur-Energy USA Inc.
Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc.
Utah Mining Association

Venable LLP
Vermeer Corporation
Virginia Coal & Energy Alliance
Volvo Construction Equipment North America Inc.

Walter Energy
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
West Virginia Coal Association
Western Fuels Association, Inc.
White Oak Resources
Wood MacKenzie
World Resources Company
W.S. Tyler
Wyoming Mining Association

Xcoal Energy & Resources
Xylem Dewatering

Yokohama Tire Corporation