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'No other water' — Navajo drinking from uranium-contaminated wells

Residents of Sanders, Ariz. residents know their water contains dangerously high amounts of uranium, but with no other source — they are still using it.... Read more»

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G.I. Dough

U.S. spent $500M on Afghan mining with ‘limited progress’

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported.... Read more»

Sonora River

Health impacts continue 1 year after toxic mine spill in Mexico

It’s been more than a year since a toxic mine spill, dubbed as the worst environmental disaster in Mexico’s history, contaminated the Sonora River. Communities are now pushing back against the mine and the government to protect their families and the lands they call home.... Read more»

Sierrita mine shutdown confirmed, to put 1,000+ out of work

More than a thousand Southern Arizona miners will soon be on the unemployment line, with Freeport-McMoRan announcing Wednesday that the Sierrita open pit mine in Green Valley will be completely shut down. ... Read more»2

ASARCO, feds agree on $150 million cleanup for Hayden smelter

ASARCO will fund up to $150 million in pollution improvements at its Hayden smelter and pay millions more toward local environmental projects to settle federal government charges that the plant violated Clean Air Act standards.... Read more»

Apache bring fight against Oak Flat mine back to Congress

Tribal officials renewed their calls to block a copper mine on Arizona land they consider sacred, telling lawmakers Wednesday it is not only a spiritual violation but bad precedent “for all of Indian Country.”... Read more»

Freeport-McMoRan to cut 430 jobs in GV, shut down Miami mine

Mining giant Freeport-McMoRan will lay off about 430 workers from the Sierrita open pit mine in Green Valley, and will explore the possibility of completely shutting down the mine. The company will also close down its copper mine in Miami, north of Tucson, officials said.... Read more»

Rosemont Mine exposé screens at Loft Cinema

A documentary film backed by opponents of the Rosemont Mine project will be shown Sunday afternoon. "Flin Flon Flim Flam" is the second project directed by investigative reporter John Dougherty to focus on the proposed copper mine south of Tucson. ... Read more»

Arizona continues push to open new uranium mines near Grand Canyon

Arizona officials continue to support a federal court battle to allow new uranium mining operations on a million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Lawmakers, tribal officials blast EPA for Animas River spill response

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday blasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of a toxic spill in the Animas River, saying the agency’s response left his tribe feeling abandoned, uncertain and hopeless.... Read more»

Enviro sees toxic mine danger in Arizona; officials disagree

With Arizona home to thousands of abandoned mines, the head of a state environmental group says an incident similar to the recent toxic spill in Colorado could happen here.... Read more»

Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Colorado spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.... Read more»

Az officials hopeful, watchful as toxic release moves toward Colorado River

Arizona officials said Tuesday they continue to monitor a massive spill of toxic mining sludge that is heading downstream toward the Colorado River, but are hopeful that it will have little impact by time it reaches the state. ... Read more»

UA digs into mining law with new center

A Global Mining Law Center is being set up at the University of Arizona's law school as "an interdisciplinary unit that will educate lawyers, miners and others involved with the huge and complex global mining industry."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: Congress must rebuild trust with Native American tribes

Ask any Native American tribe for a story about working with Congress and you'll probably hear a story of frustration. There are too many examples to count of Washington not taking tribal sovereignty seriously, ignoring trust and treaty responsibilities, and failing to protect Native American historical treasures.... Read more»

Apache vow fight to block Oak Flat land swap

The protest to preserve Oak Flat turned heated Wednesday as San Carlos Apache tribal members, rallying at the Capitol, vowed to do whatever it takes to reverse a deal to turn Oak Flat over to a mining company.... Read more»

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