National Mining Association and NEI Legal Complaint v. the US Department of Interior et. al.
The National Mining Association and the Nuclear Energy Institute challenge the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Final Environmental Impact Statement, the Jan. 9, 2012 Northern Arizona Withdrawal Record of Decision and the resulting Public Land Order No. 7787 withdrawing from location and entry under the General Mining Law of 1872 over 1 million acres of federal lands in northern Arizona for two decades. The withdrawn lands are valuable for uranium and other minerals, This withdrawal imposes immediate and substantial delays and costs on existing mining claimants, results in the potential loss of mining claims, deprives claimants of the value of their investments, reduces U.S. production of uranium, and reduces employment and revenue in northern Arizona.