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After 11 years, activists & owners still digging into legal battle over Rosemont Mine

A proposal for a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson will be back in court this month as opponents challenge permits for the project, the latest twist in the battle over the Rosemont Mine.... Read more»

All sides look for answers in feds’ clarification of Clean Water Act

A new federal rule was meant to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act, but some critics are saying the 300-page document has done little to clear up the issue since its release last week.... Read more»

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Environmental groups whistling past the graveyard?

Environmental groups have long warned that America’s ravenous consumption of fossil fuels is not sustainable as a matter of public health or economic health . But on the heels of a boom in domestic natural gas production — most of it the result of the adoption of fracking — their opponents are in the ascendency.... Read more»

Opponents still fighting Pinto Creek mine after two decades

Despite an appeals court ruling three years ago, copper mining continues at the Carlota Mine at Pinto Creek, near Globe. "The regulatory bodies just ignored the ruling and allowed them to go right ahead and destroy the area," one opponent said.... Read more»

Lawmakers seek to remove federal oversight of Az air and water

Conservative lawmakers' efforts to assert Arizona's sovereignty extend to who's ultimately responsible for regulating the quality of the state's air and water.... Read more»