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Enviros push Congress on abandoned uranium mine cleanup

The grass-roots advocacy group launched in April with the goal of getting Congress to mandate cleanup of the more than 10,000 abandoned mines in the country, at least 500 of which are on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

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A corporate warning to El Salvador: Give up your gold or pay $315 million

As Salvadorans debate a mining ban due to pollution concerns — 98 percent of the country’s total surface water is contaminated — a large mining company has filed suit against the government, claiming a permit to open the proposed El Dorado goldmine was unjustly denied.... Read more»

Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.... Read more»

Az official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges

State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman told a House panel that a bill to streamline public-land exchanges in the West could make for more sensible and environmentally sensitive development. And that could mean more trust land money to go to local schools, she said.... Read more»1

The politics of poison

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.... Read more»

Az has among steepest cuts under new EPA carbon-emissions proposal

Arizona power plants would have to make the second-highest reductions in carbon emissions in the nation under new rules proposed Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.... Read more»

Senate panel approves bill to streamline tribal energy development

Navajo officials applauded a committee’s approval of an energy bill that has provisions making it easier for the tribe to sign mining leases on its lands. But while critics liked the bill’s renewable-energy language, they worried about the possibility of increased coal mining.... Read more»

Ocelot sighting adds new delay to Rosemont Mine

The discovery of a lone male ocelot roaming around the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains will delay the controversial project. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials will review their analysis of the environmental impact of the copper mine.... Read more»

Newly discovered metal-eating plant could save world

Rinorea niccolifera absorbs and stores up to 18,000 parts per million of nickel in its leaves without being poisoned.... Read more»

Years later, not much to show for state mining museum closure

The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum left a collection of memories in the minds of its visitors, volunteers and staff after it closed to make way for a centennial-themed museum that never got funded. Individuals passionate about the museum remain frustrated with the decision.... Read more»

Four Corners Power Plant looks to expand coal-mining

Conservation groups are worried that a proposed expansion of coal-mining at the Four Corners Power Plant could reverse recent environmental gains at the plant that last year was on a list of dirtiest in the country.... Read more»

Council looks at dropping 'Aviation' from Barraza roadway

The Tucson City Council will consider changing the name of a cross-town highway Tuesday, to get rid of a “clunky” name and more fully recognize Maclovio Barraza, a labor and civil rights activist.... Read more»2

Lawmaker seeks to reopen Az Mining and Mineral Museum

For three years, most of the rocks, gems and artifacts once displayed by the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum have remained unseen. Meanwhile, efforts to create a centennial-themed museum in its former space near the State Capitol have stalled for lack of funding.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Opponents plot next move in fight to stop Rosemont Mine

The Monday Political Face-Off featured commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Also, Gayle Hartmann, president of Save The Scenic Santa Ritas and Dr. Mark Sykes, head of the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute.... Read more»

Tech could change face of mining jobs at Resolution Copper

The small town of Superior has pinned its livelihood to mines for more than a century, but never has it had a prospect like this. The proposed Resolution Copper mine near this struggling town could be the most productive copper mine in North America, but the generations of traditional mining experience in Superior may not be of much use as Resolution, like mines around the world, turns to robotics.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Digging into EPA letter on Rosemont Mine

Interviews with Rosemont Mine VP Cathy Arnold, Middle East expert Stephen Zunes, mortgage specialist Chuck Byler, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, TucsonSentinel.com’s Dylan Smith, and Save the Scenic Santa Ritas President Gail Hartman.... Read more»

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