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Updated Aug 21, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Opponents of proposed Tucson copper mine file suit

TUCSON, Ariz. — Opponents of the proposed copper mine near Tucson have
filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state decision awarding a groundwater
protection permit.

The permit allows the Rosemont Copper Co. to discharge materials if it can show
it’s using the best available technology to keep pollutants from reaching
groundwater.

The suit challenges the July decision by the State Water Quality Appeals Board
to uphold issuance of the permit by the Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality in April 2012.

Rosemont Copper executive Kathy Arnold says the law judge ruled on 500 findings
of fact and reached 33 conclusions in support of ADEQ’s work.

Arnold told the Arizona Daily Star that she’s confident
the permit will survive and that the suit won’t delay Rosemont’s permitting and
construction timelines.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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