Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Don’t put peoples’ health in jeopardy by allowing uranium mine near Grand Canyon to reopen.
A uranium mine near the Grand Canyon may soon once again be open for business. If something is not done to stop this, the health of many innocent citizens and wildlife will likely be in great jeopardy.
The mine known as Canyon Mine is located in the same area where the Havasupai people live. Community members do not want the mine reopened, as they are the ones who will have to endure numerous issues as a result.
Too much exposure to uranium can lead to several health problems, including kidney failure and liver damage. In addition, radon, a radioactive gas that is formed when uranium breaks down, is also thought to cause lung cancer. People in surrounding areas are already at risk of catching these horrible diseases because uranium is still breaking down from when the mine was previously open.
Reopening it will put the people at even greater risk by exposing them to higher levels of radon and uranium, especially since monitoring of ground water for long periods of time is not required. In reference, scientists discovered that water from 15 springs and wells from around the area is unsafe to drink, as the amount of uranium concentrate in the water was found to be much higher than what is legally allowed. Even if people don’t drink the water, it still harms the food supply of animals in the ecosystem, since fish and other prey animals ingest the water and people—in turn—eat the contaminated animals.
Sign this petition and tell President Obama that allowing this uranium mine to once again operate is irresponsible. Both people and animals deserve to live in a clean environment surrounded by safe drinking water.
Dear President Obama,
A uranium mine that has been closed for several years may soon once again be utilized. Both people and animals will suffer if such a foolhardy decision is made.
The Havasupai people were not even asked what their thoughts were about the mine possibly being reopened, but they will be the ones enduring all the consequences, as excessive exposure to uranium and radon gas leads to many health problems including kidney failure and lung cancer.
It was discovered a few years ago that 15 springs and wells in surrounding uranium mine areas were filled with contaminated water. In fact, the uranium concentration in the water was found to be much higher than the stated legal limit despite claims that water near these areas is safe to drink. Many animals that drink the water are also consumed by the people, putting them at even greater risk of developing various sicknesses.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to keep this uranium mine closed. While there may be money to be made, what should matter more is the lives of the Havasupai people and the preservation of their home.
[Your Name Here]
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