The Utah uranium mining rush that wasn’t

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Following President Trump’s shrinking of the protected areas in Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, speculation grew of a land rush and a move to open more uranium mines in the area. But the prospectors hoping to get rich quick never came. What did happen was a rollback of protected lands, another American affront to Native Americans, and a system of claims and permits that makes “land rushes” a web of paperwork and fieldwork.

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The Utah uranium mining rush that wasn’t
The Utah uranium mining rush that wasn’t

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