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Congressman Grijalva seeks to rescind approval for mine

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, shown in this file photo, has held town halls to help older and Spanish-speaking Arizonans understand the Affordable Care Act. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Dustin Volz)

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Dustin Volz)

An Arizona congressman wants to repeal approval of a land swap that cleared the way for the country’s largest copper mine southeast of Phoenix.

The annual defense authorization bill included the trade that allows Resolution Copper Mining Co. to develop the mine near Superior. The company is trading 5,300 acres of environmentally sensitive land under the control of its parent company for 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest.

Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva said Wednesday that he’s introduced a measure to repeal the action. He says Congress shouldn’t be helping big corporations or ignoring objections by Apaches who consider a spot known as Apache Leap near the mine to be sacred.

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