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Official: Construction Of Rosemont Mine Will Be Delayed For 3 Years After Court Ruling

An official for the company proposing to build an open-pit copper mine southeast of Tucson says construction likely will be delayed at least until 2023 because of a federal court ruling.

David Bryson, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Hudbay Minerals Incorporated told investment analysts about the expected construction delay on Tuesday in a conference call, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The Toronto-based company also says construction delays for the Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains forced it to pay a $242 million impairment charge, reflecting a reduced value.

The $1.9 billion mine project has been in the planning stages since 2005. But, it's been in legal limbo since a federal judge halted work July 31, a day before its scheduled construction start.

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