ST. GEORGE -- Arizona and Utah officials are urging the federal government to allow uranium mining near the Grand Canyon to provide jobs and revenue.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering closing the area to mining claims for the next 20 years. A temporary ban is currently in place and a decision is expected by the end of the year.
The Spectrum of St. George reports (http://bit.ly/n529tN ) Mohave (moh-HAH'-vee) County, Ariz., Supervisor Buster Johnson said during a hearing in St. George Wednesday that prohibiting mining would ruin the area's economy.
Johnson says uranium could provide $29 million to northern Arizona and southern Utah counties.
Citizens for Dixie's Future representative Greta Hyland says the risks of uranium mining are significant and the health risks could pose more of a threat to the economy.