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Navajo Nation leaders and federal officials recently toured an abandoned uranium mine on the reservation. The trip highlighted the continued threats posed by radioactive pollution and the massive cleanup effort required to remediate hundreds of such mines. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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A coalition of tribes and environmental groups are urging the federal government to overhaul how it regulates mining in the West and Alaska. They say current rules disproportionately impact Indigenous people and harm the environment. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Congressional Democrats are attempting to undo a controversial federal land swap in southeastern Arizona. A budget proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to prevent the construction of the one of the largest copper mines in the nation at the Oak Flat area. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Morning Rundown: Friday, Aug. 6.

Aug 6, 2021

It's Friday, Aug. 6. Northern Arizona University student Luis Grijalva finished in 12th place today for the men's 5,000-meter final in the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old athlete, who's representing Guatemala, set a national record for his country in the race, according to NAU.  


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Arizona’s second-largest labor union is urging Congress to pass a bill that would block a massive copper mine in central Arizona. The controversial project is slated for Oak Flat, an area considered sacred by many tribal members in the Southwest. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


In January the Biden-Harris administration announced the creation of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. It’s made up of more than two-dozen leaders from communities across the country that suffer disproportionate levels of pollution and related health and economic problems. They’ve been tasked with advising the administration and making policy suggestions on a range of environmental issues that have historically impacted many tribal lands and communities of color. Havasupai councilwoman Carletta Tilousi was recently appointed to the White House council and spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius.

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A controversial federal land exchange to build a copper mine on the Tonto National Forest could take place a year ahead of schedule. It’s one of several expected federal acts during the final weeks of the Trump administration. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Federal officials have approved a 20-year renewal of a mining ban on the San Francisco Peaks. It’ll prevent mineral claims in the popular recreation area that’s sacred to many Southwestern tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution in support of extending a 20-year mining ban on the San Francisco Peaks. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


A 20-year mining ban in Oak Creek Canyon expired in May. U.S. Forest Service officials are in the process of renewing it, but for now it leaves the area open to potential mining claims. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.