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Arizona agency taking charge of mine permit issue

TUCSON, Arizona -— Arizona’s environmental protection
agency is agreeing to a mining company’s request to take
over air-quality permitting for a proposed new open pit
mine and is proposing to approve the requested permit.

Rosemont Copper Co. asked the state Department of
Environmental Quality last year to take over permitting
for the Rosemont Mine to be located 30 miles southeast of
Tucson.

By taking over permitting, the state is taking it away
from Pima County.

The state agency says its actions provide “regulatory
certainty” for the project and that Pima County has acted
in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner on permitting.

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry tells The Arizona
Daily Star
that shortcomings in Rosemont’s
application caused any certainty.

Huckelberry also says the state is now rushing
consideration of the permitting.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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