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Grijalva says Benson developer, former U.S. Interior secretary involved in criminal bribery plot

Rep. Raúl Grijalva asked the Justice Department to investigate a former Trump administration Cabinet member, saying he engaged in a quid-pro-quo relationship with a real estate developer, seeking campaign funds in exchange for a water permit needed for a massive housing project outside of Benson, Ariz. ... Read more»

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9th Circuit upholds 'landmark' ruling blocking Rosemont copper mine

In a win for environmental groups and three Native American tribes,, a federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that halted the long-controversial Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

More states want power to approve wetlands development

Critics fear that Florida’s move to assume authority over wetland management could open the floodgates for more states to claim Section 404 authority - but the hurdles that have mostly stymied such efforts for decades remain significant. ... Read more»

Tribes file for restraining order to block Rosemont mine expansion in Santa Ritas

Rosemont Copper's move to expand its operations in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson faces a new challenge after the Tohono O'odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Hopi Tribe asked a federal court to block the company from grading the slopes and dumping fill material in dry washes. ... Read more»

Enviros argue Rosemont's push to mine to west side of Santa Ritas violates federal law

Led by Center for Biological Diversity, environmental groups filed a notice of intent—a prelude to a federal lawsuit—against Rosemont Copper, arguing the company violated federal law.... Read more»

Revival of Trump water rule brings fierce critique from Roberts and minority

Chief Justice Roberts joined the Supreme Court’s liberal wing in a dissent criticizing the court reinstating a Trump administration policy that shores up energy projects capable of polluting waterways - as well as the majority’s use of the emergency docket. ... Read more»

Court rejects Trump clean water rule with 'significant' Arizona impact

Environmental groups welcomed a federal judge’s decision this week to overturn Trump-era clean-water regulations that had “fundamental, substantive flaws” and were so narrow that many waterways in Arizona ended up being excluded from federal oversight. ... Read more»

States ask Biden to trash Trump-era Clean Water Act change

Drought-riddled California and other states want more sway over permitting process for projects like oil pipelines, power plants and wetlands developments, and say the Trump-era rule change was made to mollify fossil fuel industry at the expense of the environment. ... Read more»

Tenacious citizens take on the plastics industry over an insidious pollutant

Tiny plastic pellets, have escaped into waterways by the countless billions as a result of failures by the plastics industry, not consumers.... Read more»

Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback

Two Arizona tribes and a Phoenix-based advocacy group joined a pair of lawsuits this week to reverse a Trump administration clean-water rule that critics said would open the “vast majority of Arizona’s waterways” to pollution and degradation.... Read more»

EPA defends plan to ease compliance requirements in face of coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency this week defended its plans to waive some environmental compliance requirements in the face of the coronavirus, insisting the temporary policy is “not a license to pollute.” ... Read more»

Advocates: EPA’s new clean-water rules hit Arizona, Southwest hardest

Clean-water rules unveiled Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency could remove the vast majority of Arizona’s waterways from federal oversight, a change environmentalists call bad news in a region where water is “super precious.”... Read more»

Trump administration’s push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon

The U.S. imports most of the uranium it uses because it’s cheaper to buy from other countries. The Trump administration wants to change that and is looking into creating quotas on domestic use. This could affect the temporary ban now in place on uranium mining in and around Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Businesses welcome, environmentalists dread end of Obama-era water rule

The EPA has narrowed the which watersheds are covered by the Clean Water Act. Environmentalists say that means trouble as business lauds the change.... Read more»

Rosemont mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Rosemont Mine site in southern Arizona, the latest development in more than a decade of legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.... Read more»

Judge tosses out Rosemont mine plan, blocks construction

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Forest Service "improperly evaluated and misapplied" federal law, leading to "an inherently flawed" approval of a long-controversial open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson.... Read more»

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