Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has moved to impose a 20-year ban on uranium mining on public land surrounding the national landmark.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Jan. 9 a plan to ban uranium mining for 20 years in the area surrounding the Grand Canyon. It's a move that will likely draw cheers from conservationists and criticism from the mining industry and some congressional Republicans. Salazar has previously enacted temporary bans on mining in this area. In this photo, he speaks at a June 2011 news conference at the Grand Canyon at which he announced the extension of a such a ban. AP Buy Photo