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The former Humboldt Smelter in the foreground and the former Iron King mine in the background make up one of nine toxic Superfund sites in Arizona on the EPA’s National Priorities List.

In the nine years since the former smelter near her house in Dewey-Humboldt was added to the EPA’s list of toxic Superfund sites, Rose Eitemiller said she’s seen some progress. But not much. Read more»

One year after a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the town of West, Texas, questions remain about the safety and security of hazardous chemical storage facilities. This includes Arizona’s largest ammonium nitrate facility, Apache Nitrogen, southeast of Tucson in St. David. It houses more than 80 million pounds of the chemical but didn’t disclose, as is required, its list of hazardous materials to local firefighters. Read more»

Marjorie Dixon, with a Spanish colonial horse and foal on her St. David ranch, is one of the enthusiasts pushing to have the breed named Arizona’s official state horse. The breed’s history dates back to the days when Father Eusebio Kino and other Spaniards ventured into what became Arizona.

If bill passes, the colonial Spanish horse would join a list of state emblems that includes an official fossil (petrified wood), amphibian (tree frog) and neckwear (bola tie). Read more» 1