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Trump Administration’s Late Rio Tinto Mining OKs Draw Suit (1)

Jan. 25, 2021, 9:23 PM; Updated: Jan. 25, 2021, 9:38 PM

The Trump administration rushed through a faulty environmental review of a proposed Rio Tinto copper mine in Arizona that will transform an area significant to American Indians into a “rubbleized crater,” according to a lawsuit filed in a federal court in the state.

The U.S. Forest Service failed to properly study alternatives and improperly reviewed the project under “erroneous interpretations of federal law,” the lawsuit says. The agency also failed to take a hard look at the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of...

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