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The Canyon Mine in the Kaibab National Forest south of the Grand Canyon removed uranium from deep within the earth during the 1980s. (Tara Alatorre/Courtesy photo)

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A federal judge Tuesday upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's 20-year ban on new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, rejecting a challenge by a coalition of mining industry groups.

By Stephen Hamway October 4, 2014