Judge rejects challenge to Rosemont mine permit - Tucson News Now

Judge rejects challenge to Rosemont mine permit

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An administrative law judge has handed a victory to backers of the proposed Rosemont copper mine southeast of Tucson.

Monday, the judge upheld an appeal of Rosemont's aquifer protection permit issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The anti-Rosemont group Save the Scenic Santa Ritas filed a lawsuit citing concerns about the damage the proposed open-pit copper mine would cause to Southern Arizona's water supplies, air quality and economy.

The judge's ruling rejected all of their claims, citing a lack of credible evidence supporting their assertions.

The permit is one of several Rosemont Copper must obtain before it can start mining operations. The matter now goes to the Arizona Water Quality Appeals Board, which has 30 days to accept, reject or modify the Administrative Law Judge's recommendation.

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