- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A judge has overturned an air-quality permit for a planned copper mine in southeastern Arizona.

Opponents of the Rosemont Copper Mine appealed an administrative law judge’s ruling that upheld the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s 2013 decision to issue the permit. The group known as Save the Scenic Santa Ritas said the mine would potentially violate clean-air standards and that the department relied on flawed data to make the assessment.

In a decision issued this week, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Crane McClennen said there wasn’t enough evidence to support the actions of ADEQ. He added that the department’s actions were contrary to law and “arbitrary and capricious.”

Air Quality Director Eric Massey said the decision was disappointing and the department would appeal the ruling.

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