The Augusta Resource Corporation, which is the company trying to open the controversial Rosemont Copper Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains east of Tucson, is pleased with a court ruling that worked in their favor last week.
The Arizona Superior Court for Pima County ruled in the company's favor regarding its appeal of Pima County Air Quality Control District and Pima County Air Quality Hearing Board's denial of Rosemont's Air Permit application.
The Court Ruling, dated July 5, determined that both the Control District and the Hearing Board "acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner and that the [Control District and Hearing Board] abused their discretion."
The ruling directed the Control District to process Rosemont's application in a timely manner; moreover, it further supports Rosemont's decision to apply for an Air Permit processed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality ("ADEQ").
Rosemont Copper’s plan to reopen the copper mine has been met with resistance from the Pima County Board of Supervisors and a citizen organization known as the Friends of the Santa Ritas.
While Oro Valley has taken a neutral approach on the issues, the Marana Town Council has voted to support the project.