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Thu Apr 21, 2022, 03:51 PM

Federal court order sought to block Hudbay's Santa Ritas grading

Three tribes want a federal judge to stop the ongoing work of Hudbay Minerals Inc. in grading and land-clearing on the west slope of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.

Filed late Tuesday, the tribes’ request for a temporary restraining order seeks to prevent Hudbay from continuing its work toward building mine tailings and waste rock disposal facilities until a judge can rule on a request for a long-term injunction barring construction.

The Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui and Hopi tribes filed the request, and received support from conservation groups.

Hudbay began work on its private land on the west slope on April 14 as a step toward building its Copper World project there. When complete, Copper World also will include five open pits, a processing plant, a heap leach pad and settling and stormwater ponds, the company’s map of the area shows.


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