minerals, gold, Biden
Sep 12, 2023

Biden plan would overhaul 151-year-old mining laws

The Biden administration is recommending changes to a 151-year-old law that governs mining for copper, gold and other hardrock minerals on U.S.-owned lands, including making companies for the first time pay royalties on what they extract.

solar panels, Yuma, recycling
Aug 1, 2023

First generation of solar panels will wear out, recycling industry taking shape

In Yuma, a desert city where Arizona, California, Sonora and Baja California meet, North America's first utility-scale solar panel recycling plant has opened to address what founders of We Recycle Solar call a "tsunami" of solar waste. Plans to address climate change rely on massively scaling up clean, solar electricity.

clean energy technologies, minerals, The Nature Conservancy
Jul 31, 2023

In global race for critical minerals, Arizona can lead way responsibly

As the world moves to meet the demand for clean energy technologies, there is an unprecedented need for the rare metals that comprise them.

Superior, Resolution Copper, mining, Native Americans, jobs,
Jun 29, 2023

Historic mining town backs copper project on land Native American groups say is sacred

Competing interests have ignited a tug of war between Superior, a town of about 3,000 people who want a huge copper mine built there for its economic benefits, and Native American groups that consider the land sacred and are fighting to protect it from disturbance.

Oak Flat, Chiricahua Apache, Resolution Copper
Jun 28, 2023

Oak Flat is sacred land to some Native Americans, but endangered by mine plan

The 6.7-square-mile (17.3 square-kilometer) Oak Flat is a verdant oasis in an arid landscape dotted with towering saguaro cacti, majestic rock spires and sweeping canyons. It is also here that Resolution Copper Mining, a joint subsidiary of British and Australian mining giants, Rio Tinto and BHP, wants to remove layers of rock to extract copper from deep underground.

cannabis, marijuana, Arizona Department of Revenue, marijuana sales, National Cannabis Industry Association, excise taxes
Dec 9, 2022

Cannabis sales soar, but don’t threaten 5 C’s

Sales of marijuana in Arizona soared to $1.6 billion in 2021, just one year after recreational cannabis was legalized in the state, making Arizona second only to California for retail sales that year, according to an industry research group. 

NASA, aerospace, manufacturing, ASU, NAU, University of Arizona, Arizona Board of Regents, New Economy Initiative, jobs, NEI funds
Nov 18, 2022

Initiative should create jobs, boost economic output in aerospace industry

To address the growing need for a continually diversified and modern workforce, the New Economy Initiative was signed into law, providing millions of dollars in state funding through the Arizona Board of Regents to invest in Arizona’s economic future. This initiative aims to create 40,000 new jobs by 2041, increase economic output to $6.9 billion by 2023, and double the state’s investment in r[...]

electric vehicles, Arizona Public Interest Research Group, charging stations, Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Frontier Group, Arizona PIRG Education Fund, taxpayers
Nov 11, 2022

Group pushes cities, towns to use electric vehicles

Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund is continuing its advocacy efforts to widen electric vehicle usage across the state.  

mines, EPA, leaching toxic minerals, EPA, ADEQ, Superfund, Kelly, copper, zinc, Colorado River, Verde River
Sep 30, 2022

‘Good Samaritan’ bill aims to allow cleanup of abandoned, leaking mines

Arizona could have as many as 100,000 abandoned mines, many leaching toxic minerals into the state’s waterways, but state environmental officials said cleanup has been hampered by the fear of litigation.

Apr 27, 2020

Weaponize Our Surfaces Against the Next Virus

In the COVID-19 era, the most mundane of activities—like going to the grocery store or gas station—can feel perilous. Every surface we touch could host a virus we can’t see but we know can be deadly. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if we could make everyday surfaces into virus killers? We can and we should.

copper mine, Superior, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Resolution Copper Mine, Oak Flat,Maricopa County Superior Court, Arizona Pollution Discharge Elimination Permit, Queen Creek
Mar 2, 2016

Lawmakers challenge proposal to have Oak Flat listed as historic site

Supporters of a copper mine proposed for Oak Flat have been given until Friday to make the case that the area, deemed sacred by the San Carlos Apache, should not be designated a historic site.

Dec 29, 2015

Freeport-McMoRan chair and co-founder Moffett resigns

James R. Moffett, the executive chairman and co-founder of the mining company Freeport-McMoRan, is stepping down as plunging commodity prices lead to mass layoffs across the entire industry.