Politicians reintroduce bill for Superior mine

PHOENIX - Arizona members of Congress and the U.S. Senate have reintroduced legislation for a proposed 7,000-foot-deep copper mine near Superior.

U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar and Ann Kirkpatrick say the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act could create more than 3,700 jobs.

U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake say the mine would generate more than $64 billion in economic activity and tax revenue and could supply as much as 20 percent of the nation's domestic copper demand.

Kirkpatrick's district includes the proposed mine site. She acknowledges long-standing opposition to the mine from tribes and environmental groups.

Under the bill, Resolution Copper Mining Co. would exchange more than 5,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land the company owns throughout Arizona for about 2,400 acres of federal land 70 miles east of Phoenix.

Phoenix plant fined for waste violations

PHOENIX - A company has been fined $100,000 for hazardous waste violations at its central Phoenix plating facility.

The state Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday that PAS Technologies Inc. was cited for 15 violations, including the release of hexavalent chromium and illegally treating cyanide wastewater.

The case against PAS Technologies included 10 violations of disposal of hazardous waste without a permit. PAS Technologies also was cited for failure to perform hazardous waste determination and four violations in its employee training, handling, marking and storage of waste fluorescent lamps.

ADEQ launched the Plating Initiative in 2008 after inspections showed many facilities weren't in compliance with the state law that regulates hazardous waste.

The fine is part of a consent judgment. It's still subject to court approval.

The Associated Press