A federal judge in Tucson has overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of plans for a new copper mine in southeastern Arizona.

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An Arizona U.S. senator has introduced a bill that permanently would ban new hard rock mining claims outside Grand Canyon National Park. 


The uranium industry is urging the Trump administration to require U.S. nuclear power plants buy more locally produced uranium. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the White House has now extended the deadline for a working group to submit its report on the issue. 

Arizona Copper Mine Ruling Expected to Have National Impact

Aug 13, 2019

Experts say a federal court ruling against a proposed southern Arizona mining project is expected to have national repercussions if upheld by higher courts.

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Peabody Energy will lay off nearly its entire workforce at the Kayenta Mine this month as it prepares to close the site. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, coal industry critics say the company is abandoning local communities.