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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»

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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»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Huckelberry recommends delay in bond election

City Council candidate Ben Buehler-Garcia, developer Richard Studwell, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma, and Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.... Read more»

Leader of Utah sovereignty effort makes case in Arizona

The Utah lawmaker who authored a law calling for the federal government to relinquish authority over public lands said Thursday that devastating wildfires are one reason for Arizona to follow suit.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Barber & Grijalva want to slow Rosemont approval

An interview with U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-District 3). Also, Sheri Jersek of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson talks about underwater treadmill therapy for companion animals. Plus, Dr. Robert Hendricks, Buckmaster contributor on education.... Read more»

Feds move to protect northern Az wildflower, cite mining threats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Gierisch mallow endangered Tuesday, and proposed more than 12,000 acres in Arizona and Utah as critical habitat for the desert wildflower.... Read more»

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