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Appellate court rules against mine company's Arizona project

Fighting Rosemont Mine
Posted at 4:42 AM, May 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-14 21:48:27-04

TUCSON — An appeals court has upheld a judge’s ruling overturning a federal agency’s approval of Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals' plan for a new open-pit copper mine in southeastern Arizona.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a permit for the Rosemont Mine in a valley on the eastern flank of the Santa Rita Mountains violates part of a federal mining law.

The court cited the planned use of national forest land for long-term storage of waste rock and the lack of valuable minerals on the property.

Conservationists hailed the ruling.

Hudbay says it's reviewing the ruling and will continue to pursue alternatives.

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