Why is the Center for Biological Diversity suing the Bureau of Land Management?



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    Last month the Center for Biological Diversity, along with the Grand Canyon Trust and the Sierra Club, filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona. The Center is challenging a decision made by the Bureau to reopen a uranium mine located north of Grand Canyon National Park. The Center says the Bureau hasn’t updated their environmental review of the mine since the 1980s, when construction on the mine began before closing in the early 90s because of poor market conditions. The Center, which urged the Bureau to re-review the environmental situation and mining plans in September, says the National Environmental Policy Act requires the Bureau to take the latest information on hydrology, spring ecology and biodiversity into account when evaluating the impacts of a mine such as this. The Center is calling for an environmental assessment and thorough analysis to ensure that the mining project will not imperil any already threatened or endangered species in the area, like the Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, bonytail, razorback sucker, southwestern willow flycatcher and the Mexican spotted owl. The suit also cites violations of the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and mining laws.

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