BLM extends comment period on Utah mining halt
ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management has extended a public comment period on plans to halt uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.
The Spectrum of St. George says the bureau has given the public until May 4 to comment on an environmental study of the proposed halt to mining for the next 20 years. It would affect about a million acres in Arizona and Utah.
The comment period, which was originally set to expire next week, will allow the public to voice their concerns or support of the proposal.
Conservationists say mining would destroy areas around one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders.
Representatives from the mining industry say it would have little environmental impact.