Curt Prendergast, Arizona Daily Star
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service erred in allowing a mining project to move forward without a detailed environmental review.
In her ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Marquez in Tucson said the drilling likely would exceed the one-year period required for a categorical exclusion to environmental assessment. Therefore, the Forest Service’s decision to grant the exclusion was arbitrary and capricious, she ruled.
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