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NMA opposes Arizona land withdrawal

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Global Mining Review,

The National Mining Association (NMA) has issued the following statement opposing legislation introduced by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ‘Grand Canyon Protection Act’ H.R. 1052, which will be brought to the floor week beginning 22 February 2021 as part of the public lands package. The bill would ban mining on more than 1 million acres of mineral rich land and deepen the country’s import reliance for minerals it can and should be mining within the US.

“Representative Grijalva’s Grand Canyon bill falsely suggests that there is a threat of mining in one of our nation’s most beautiful national parks,” said Katie Sweeney, Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

“The Grand Canyon already includes a buffer zone outside of its boundaries to properly protect the park; more land withdrawals are not needed. The real threat that does exist, however, is the threat to our nation’s supply chains, which are heavily dependent on foreign sources for the minerals required for our manufacturing, energy, defence and technology supply chains. Our import dependence continues to grow because of unwise and unnecessary legislation such as this. We should be doing more to support mining in the US, where it is done according to the strictest environmental standards and creates stable, high-paying jobs at a time when our economy desperately needs them.”

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