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KNAU and Arizona News
11:30 am
Thu June 18, 2015

House Bill Would Reverse Controversial Land Swap and Copper Mine on Tonto NF

The Oak Flat Campground has been the site of a five-month encampment of protesters who oppose the proposed copper mine that would take place there.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

An Arizona congressman has introduced a bill to stop a proposed copper mine on the Tonto National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Tucson Rep. Raul Grijalva wants to reverse the federal land swap that paved the way for the mine.

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KNAU and Arizona News
6:33 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Proposed Kirkland Mine to get Environmental Assesment

Credit Lee Allison/Arizona Geology

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has unanimously endorsed a Bureau of Land Management environmental assessment of a proposed volcanic rock mine near Prescott. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the move is a response to requests by concerned locals. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Oak Flat at the Crossroads: Culture and the Copper Economy in Modern-Day Arizona

Since February, dozens, and sometimes hundreds of San Carlos Apache tribal members have been encamped at Oak Flat in opposition to the proposed copper mine. They marched more than 40 miles from the town of San Carlos on the nearby reservation and say Oak Flat is sacred ancestral land. In December, the National Defense Authorization Act traded Oak Flat and 2,400 surrounding acres to Resolution Copper, privatizing the area.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Plans are in the works to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. The proposed site for the nearly 3,000-acre mine is Oak Flat near the town of Superior. It’s an ancestral home for several clans of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, some of whom are protesting the development. They believe the Oak Flat mine is another example of the conflict between the protection of sacred sites and economic development.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:38 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Environmentalists Lose Round In Battle Against Uranium Mine

Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP

A federal judge has ruled against environmentalists in their fight to halt a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Copper Mine Protest on Tonto NF Now in Fourth Week

Vernelda Grant, director of the San Carlos Apache Tribe's Historical Preservation and Archaeology Department, at Oak Fat Campground, the site of a proposed copper mine. The tribe says the project would decimate an area considered sacred by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A protest east of Phoenix is in its fourth week as a group of Native Americans has gathered in opposition to a proposed copper mine. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the area of the Tonto National Forest is a burial ground and considered sacred by several tribes throughout the state.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:38 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Tonto NF Supervisor Meets with Native Americans Protesting Resolution Copper Mine

Credit Jennifer Johnson

Earlier this week, the supervisor of the Tonto National Forest met with a group of Native Americans hoping to prevent copper mining at a sacred site east of Phoenix. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, recent federal legislation cleared the way for the Oak Flat area to become part of North America’s largest copper mine.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:51 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Opponents Say Mining Bill Shields Polluters

A bill pending in the state Senate and pushed by the mining industry would shield cases of environmental contamination from civil lawsuits and penalties according to backers.

The Arizona Republic reports the bill headed for a final Senate vote Monday would allow companies to keep those cases secret. Supporters say it would be an incentive for corporations to voluntarily clean up ground and water contamination they discover on their properties.

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