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Looking to forestall Trump & protect Grand Canyon NP, House Dems introduce mining ban bill

Democrats are preparing to counter any White House efforts to allow mining near the Grand Canyon, with Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) leading the charge to pass legislation aimed at warding off what he called “an imminent threat” to the country’s most iconic national park.

House passage of Grijalva's bill, slated for a Wednesday floor vote, would ban mining on all federal land in Arizona, essentially creating a safety zone around the Grand Canyon. The Natural Resources Committee chairman said the measure also reflects the reality of climate change.

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