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Immovable objects: Asarco, striking miners at odds after 4 months

Striking Asarco workers passed four months on the picket line last week, but union officials insist they have strong community support and that workers are committed to staying out until they get a fair deal.... Read more»

As strike against Asarco enters fourth month, workers remain determined

Union leaders say the close to 1,800 striking Asarco workers in Arizona and Texas remain “strong” as the strike entered its fourth month Monday, with little hope of a settlement in sight.... Read more»

Weeks into strike against Asarco, miners find inspiration from communities

Asarco workers' strike gets hard as walkout drags on and negotiations between company and union aren't set to restart for another two weeks.... Read more»

Asarco, striking miners set to resume contract talks in 2 weeks

Striking Asarco workers say contract talks with management have been set for Nov. 14, a month after nearly 1,800 workers walked off job sites and onto picket lines at sites in Arizona and Texas.... Read more»

Food banks helping striking Asarco mine workers; resource fair set for Friday

The Asarco mine strike is entering its second week today and with no end in sight, supporters are doing what they can to support the impacted families, including holding resource fairs. ... Read more»

No talks between mining company, union, as Asarco strike enters 3rd day

Union officials said there were no talks Wednesday between them and Asarco, as a strike against the copper mining, smelting and refining company by about 1,775 workers in Arizona and Texas entered its third day.... Read more»

Report details worker's death at Sahuarita mine

A 41-year-old Asarco truck driver died at a Tucson-area mine in July because the company failed to make sure there was enough lighting at the Mission Mine’s dump sites, according to a report from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.... Read more»

Asarco worker killed in equipment crash at Green Valley mine

A 41-year-old Asarco employee was killed Thursday night in a crash at the open pit mine west of Sahuarita. The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner identified the man as Gabriel Benitez of Tucson. ... Read more»

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled.... Read more»

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»

Appeals court slashes award against ASARCO in sexual-harassment case

A federal appeals court Thursday slashed the damages that mining company ASARCO had been ordered to pay a former employee who successfully sued the company for sexual harassment at an Arizona mine.... Read more»

As Az mining increases, mine-related toxic releases grow

Arizona metal mining and manufacturing produced 84.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2011, a 34 million pound increase over two years. It reflects a spike in mining, but while environmentalists say it shows a need for regulation, miners call the numbers needlessly frightening. ... Read more»

El Paso's old smokestacks have avid fans

Two smokestacks in El Paso — remnants of the smelting company ASARCO — remind many residents of a legacy of environmental damage. But to a local group, the stacks, now slated for demolition, are landmarks worth saving.... Read more»

EPA posts secret 'watch list' that includes chronic polluters

The Clean Air Act “watch list” is secret no more. Just days after iWatch News, NPR and TucsonSentinel.com reported that the EPA maintains an internal list that includes serious or chronic violators of air pollution laws that have not been subject to timely enforcement, the agency posted the list on its website.... Read more»

As Az and EPA clash, Hayden awaits relief from toxic air

In some Hayden families, generations claim to have suffered ill effects from air pollution from the town's copper smelter. Deaths from cancer are common. Now the feds are moving against Asarco when the state wouldn't, which could mean millions in fines for the copper giant. (with video)... Read more»