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Amber Reimondo, energy program director for the Grand Canyon Trust, said the argument that uranium is needed for national defense is an “excuse” for more mining, which she said will affect generations to come. (Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News)

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Critics attack administration push to ramp up uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel June 25 that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.