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“In making this decision, you argued the withdrawal was necessary to protect drinking water sources,” Hastings and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), said in a May 23 letter to Salazar. “However, the administration’s own review of the potential impacts of uranium mining to the environment as well as studies by the state of Arizona do not support the one million acre withdrawal imposed by the department and, in fact, show that uranium development can be done safely in an environmentally conscious manner,” the lawmakers said.
The decision effectively withdraws one million acres in northern Arizona from uranium mining for 20 years, voiding a long-standing agreement reached by the mining industry and environmentalists in 1984, and trumps a law that effectively sealed the deal.