2013 Archived Current News
November 14, 2013, Phoenix - Today, outside an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) open house, a
coalition of Navajo clean energy supporters, health advocates, and conservationists delivered a message to the EPA asking for "No More Delays" in cleaning up one of
Arizona's biggest polluters - the Navajo Generating Station (NGS).
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November 6, 2013, GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - For the second time in as many decades, operations
to open the Canyon uranium mine six miles south of Grand Canyon National Park have been suspended. The Havasupai Tribe,
which had previously challenged the mine, and conservation groups have been working to stop this mine because of potential
harm to waters and wildlife of Grand Canyon, as well as cultural resources.
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August 22, 2013, Phoenix, AZ - Today, in response to a hearing that Representatives Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert and Franks are hosting on "E.P.A. Overreach,"
13 public health, faith, civil rights, and conservation organizations, as well as several businesses called on the congressmen to support cleaning up Arizona's air.
The coalition pointed to the critical need to protect the health and welfare of Arizona residents as well as the need to protect national icons such as Grand Canyon National Park.
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July 17, 2013, Phoenix, Ariz. - Court Overturns Decision to Give Trash Incinerator Renewable Energy Credits Says Arizona Corporation Commission Abused Discretion.
Today, the Arizona Superior Court overturned a decision by the Arizona Corporation Commission that would have given renewable energy credit to a trash incinerator
via a waiver or pilot project. The judge ruled that the Commission "erred and abused its discretion" in granting Mohave Electric Cooperative renewable energy credit
for a proposed waste incinerator near Surprise, Arizona.
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July 2, 2013, Phoenix, Ariz. - The 51st Arizona Legislature adjourned on the 151st day of the Legislative session, but not before it had
passed legislation to put at risk health and safety; public lands, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources; and constitutional rights to initiative and referendum.
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June 25, 2013, Washington, D.C. - Today President Barack Obama announced his administration's next steps for building a legacy of action to fight the climate crisis.
The plan includes new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scales up responsible clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious
new commitment to power 6 million homes by 2020, and uses the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Click here to read the Sierra Club Grand Canyon
Chapter response. (49 KB pdf)
June 24, 2013, WASHINGTON D.C.- On June 21st, British uranium firm VANE Minerals sued the
United States in Washington's U.S. Court of Claims over the Department of the Interior's January 2012 decision to protect 1 million acres of public lands around Grand
Canyon National Park from new uranium mining. VANE's suit, which claims that uranium mining in Grand Canyon's watershed "would have no adverse impacts," seeks
up to $132 million from U.S. taxpayers. This is VANE's second attempt to bring such a suit against the U.S.
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June 18, 2013, Phoenix, AZ - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a final Environmental Impact Statement on Friday for the proposed SunZia Southwest
Transmission Project, which entails constructing two 500-kilovolt transmission lines across Arizona and New Mexico. Despite strong opposition from a broad range of environmental
and community groups, BLM chose a preferred alternative that will cause significant environmental damage to the San Pedro River Valley. The BLM says the proposed
line is needed because it will "encourage the development of additional renewable energy."
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May 20, 2013, Phoenix, AZ - Western Watersheds Project and the Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter of the Sierra Club
filed a lawsuit in federal court today, to challenge livestock grazing on the Sonoran Desert National
Monument west of Phoenix. The plaintiffs seek to overturn the deeply flawed plan that allows
livestock grazing to continue on 157,210 acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management
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Please take action! The Arizona Department of Transportation recently released a Draft Environmental
Impact Statement for the proposed South Mountain Freeway, a 22-24 mile, eight-lane highway that would cut through South Mountain,
exacerbate air quality problems, and cut off wildlife movement corridors. Please speak up against this plan! You can provide
oral comments at a hearing on May 21 or submit written comments online or via mail.
Click here to read more. (257 KB pdf)
May 2, 2013, The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club released the Going With the Flow report, summarizing the
results of over five years of volunteer flow monitoring on the upper Verde River by the Arizona Water Sentinels,
a grassroots citizen science program that focuses on monitoring and protecting Arizona rivers and streams.
Click here to read more. (66 KB pdf)
Judge Upholds Uranium Mining Ban on 1 Million Acres Near Grand Canyon,
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK-U.S. District Judge David Campbell today denied a uranium industry motion to overturn the
Obama administration's ban on new uranium mining on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.
The ban was adopted January 2012 to protect the Grand Canyon's watersheds.
The withdrawal prohibits new mining claims and development on old claims that lack "valid existing rights" to mine.
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Going Native: Savoring the Southwest.
Join us for this exciting conference on April 20th to learn more about our place in the southwest, including local foods and actions.
Gary Paul Nabhan will provide the keynote address, followed by insightful workshops and presentations.
Lunch and materials provided with registration.
Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Groups Challenge Uranium Mine Threatening Grand Canyon,
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK- The Havasupai tribe and three conservation groups today sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow Energy Fuels Resources, Inc. to begin operating a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park without initiating or completing formal tribal consultations and without updating an outdated 1986 federal environmental review.
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New Video Shows Arizona Wilderness Areas Destroyed by Border Patrol Vehicles, TUCSON, Ariz.- Conservation groups today released a video depicting off-road vehicle damage caused by Border Patrol operations in designated wilderness
areas of Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The three-minute film published by Sierra Club, titled Too Many Tracks,
shows ruts, tracks and new roads slicing through once-pristine wilderness areas where motorized vehicle travel is prohibited by law. Read Full News Release (187 KB PDF)
Environmental Day at the Arizona Capitol a Huge Success More than120 Environmental Advocates Meet with Legislators from 25 Districts,
Phoenix, AZ - On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Arizona State Capitol, more than 120 people from throughout Arizona, including from 25 different legislative districts,
met with their state legislators to encourage support of environmental protection and conservation programs.
This year's focus was on the economic benefits of environmental protection, "Protecting Arizona's Environment - It's worth it!"
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On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Arizona State Capitol,
more than 100 people from 25 different legislative districts will meet with their state legislators throughout the day to encourage support of environmental protection
and conservation programs. This year's focus is on the economic benefits of environmental protection - "Protecting Arizona's Environment - It's worth it!"
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Grand Canyon Uranium-mining Threats Still Loom A Year After Historic Mining Restrictions, Phoenix, Ariz.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - One year after the Obama administration enacted new protections limiting uranium-mine
development on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, pollution and legal threats from the uranium industry remain. Five
uranium-industry lawsuits - one seeking upwards of $120 million from the United States - as well as plans to reopen two 1980s-era
mines still threaten the public and traditional tribal land and water within and around Grand Canyon National Park.
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