Latino Legislator of the Week, again honoring Raul Grijalva, for preserving the Grand Canyon from uranium mining

June 30th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Congressman Raul Grijalva is worthy of being mentioned as the Latino legislator of the week for the second time in a row. This time he’s preserving one of our natural wonders, the Grand Canyon from uranium mining.

If you have haven’t followed the sad saga of the Navajos and the uranium miners, I highly suggest reading this article. It will make you sad and angry at the same time. The Navajo Reservation is rich in uranium, and in the need to find more uranium for nuclear arms and energy, mining companies have contaminated water and farm land that the native population depends upon for survival. There are big issues with cancer clusters and other illnesses killing Navajos and their livestock. It really is an environmental justice tragedy.

Invoking a section of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, Raul Grijalva was able to declare an emergency to halt uranium mining in the Grand Canyon. The Bush administration is expected to challenge the constitutionality of this move, but thankfully, we only have to endure another seven months of the current administration. With all of the existing challenges in federal court, Raul Grijalva has bought more time for the Canyon. The late Congressman Morris Udall used similar emergency declarations to conserve wildlife. Thank you Rep. Grijalva for preserving one of our natural wonders and for learning how to use procedural maneuvers in the House.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Jun 30, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    This is what a Congressional Representative is supposed to do with his time in Washington D.C., promoting legislation to protect and stop the exploitation of people and property. The federal government usually colludes with private industry to rape and pillage land and personal property for the financial gain of the usual Beltway insiders. It is comforting to witness the efforts of a member of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who isn’t afraid to tackle a wide range of political issues, and succeed in quiet fashion. Well done Raul Grijalva.

  • 2 Jesus Quiroz // Jul 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Well done indeed.

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