By Tony Davis, Feb 26, Arizona Daily Star
Assistant Army Secretary Michael Connor wrote an August 2022 memo withdrawing a decision that had overruled an earlier decision freeing the Rosemont site’s washes from federal Clean Water Act protection. Connor’s latest decision appears to restore a 2021 Army Corps of Engineers decision that the washes at the Rosemont site aren’t covered by the Clean Water Act. Despite that, late Friday an Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman referred in an email to a possibility of enforcement action against Hudbay’s plans to grade washes inside an area of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson that’s covered by a now-suspended Clean Water Act permit for the Rosemont Mine.
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