By Valerie Volcovici
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would protect nearly 3 million acres of public land across four Western states and ban future uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.
The package of eight bills, known as the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, passed in the House mostly along party lines 227-200 and would permanently set aside more than a million acres each in Colorado and Arizona; 821,000 acres in California and 132,000 in Washington.
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