It has been over a month since we delivered over 1,500 petition signatures to the Kaibab National Forest requesting a new Environmental Impact Statement for the Canyon Uranium Mine. The Canyon Mine is planning to operate under their current, 28-year old one. Please sign this letter, especially if you were born after 1986, asking for a response from the Forest Service.
Email this letter with your signature to email@example.com. We’d like to mail it toward the end of this week.
“Forest Supervisor Mike Williams
Kaibab National Forest
800 South 6th Street
Williams, Arizona 86046
January, 25th 2014
Dear Mr. Williams,
We are writing to you on behalf of those who signed the petition delivered to the Kaibab National Forest Headquarters on December 13th, 2013. It has been over a month and hundreds of us are still awaiting a comment or personal response from you or your office about supplemental information that deems the current, 28-year old Environmental Impact Statement for the Canyon Uranium Mine as antiquated. Although the Canyon Uranium Mine is currently closed, many people are deeply concerned about this mine, how our, the younger generation, are being excluded from the NEPA process. We are concerned about when it may re-open, its proximity to Red Butte, which is recognized as traditional cultural property, to the Grand Canyon, and important water ways. This is especially true for us, who are were not born or who were too young to take part in the EIS scoping process, who will more directly face potential consequences from the Forest Service’s decision to allow the mine to operate.
The signatories recognize the social and cultural impacts of mining, and the numerous scientific advancements that have happened since 1986 that allow us to better measure the effects of uranium mining on the local environment and hydrology. Youth and new science should require an EIS that reflects the present – that takes new information, and a whole generation, into account.
We sincerely look forward to hearing your response to the petition at your earliest convenience.