Federal Judge halts Rosemont Copper Mine


US District Court Judge James Soto issued an order last Wednesday, July 31 granting summary judgement in two cases brought by conservation organizations and Tribal governments against the proposed Rosemont open pit copper mine south of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains. The court vacated and remanded the Coronado National Forest’s Final Environmental impact State and Record of Decision which halts the project.

The lawsuits were brought by Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, and by the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pasqua Tribe and the Hopi tribe. This information on the federal judge decisions is coming from a press release issued by Arizona Mining Reform Coalition which has been an active opponent of not only the Rosemont copper mine project but also the Resolution underground mine east of Superior.

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