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Mining firm still committed to open-pit project in Arizona

Posted at 11:58 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 20:41:16-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - The company that wants to build an open-pit copper mine in southeastern Arizona says it still hopes to prevail after a federal judge's decision this week to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's approval of the project.

The proposed $1.9 billion open-pit mine has been in legal limbo since a ruling by the federal court in Tucson halted work July 31 - a day before the scheduled start of construction by Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment about Judge James A. Soto's Monday ruling.