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The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the state Department of Environmental Quality illegally issued a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Resolution Copper mine, which is being opposed by the San Carlos Apache Tribe. ADEQ must restart the permit process. San Carlos Apache officials say the mine will destroy a sacred tribal religious site on the Tonto National Forest. Meanwhile, a group called Apache Stronghold that is authorized by the San Carlos Apache tribe to protect Oak Flat, says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear the case in front of a full panel of 11 judges. The court previously ruled the federal government could give Oak Flat to a foreign-owned mining company that wants to construct a massive underground copper mine east of Phoenix.

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