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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»

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»

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»

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Struggling towns battle ASU prof over ailing properties

A professor emeritus at Arizona State University has tangled with officials in Superior, Globe and Hayden over buildings he owns that are falling apart and a blight on their communities, the towns' leaders have said.... Read more»

Pollution by the numbers

From Tonawanda, N.Y., to Hayden, hundreds of U.S. communities are still exposed to pollutants, which can cause cancer, birth defects and other health issues — more than 20 years after passage of the Clean Air Act.... 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»