PHOENIX - Two mining industry groups are appealing a federal judge's ruling upholding an Obama administration ban on new hard-rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon.
The appeal by the National Mining Institute and the Nuclear Energy Institute asks the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overrule a decision dismissing their challenge to the ban.
U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell ruled in October that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did not abuse his discretion or violate any laws when he banned new claims in 2012.
An American Indian tribe and five conservation groups plan to join the Obama administration in opposing the appeal.
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