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Santa Rita Saviors: As Hudbay Loses Appellate Court Ruling, Conservation Groups Stay Vigilant and Celebrate

By Gayle Hartmann and Stu Williams

The May 12 ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that blocks Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals from dumping waste rock and tailings from its proposed Rosemont Mine on Coronado National Forest land is a major victory for conservation groups and for preservation of sacred Native American sites. Hudbay’s plans to construct a mile-wide, half-mile deep open-pit copper mine in the Rosemont Valley in the eastern side of the Santa Rita Mountains, 35 miles southeast of Tucson, will not move forward, for the time being...

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