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The great redaction: Rosemont reclamation costs blacked out

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Many of the pages of the Rosemont Mine reclamation report are blacked out./Hudbay Minerals Inc.

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star 

While the company planning to build the Rosemont open-pit copper mine has long touted its reclamation efforts, it’s keeping their costs and some other key details out of the public eye.

That information, including the size of the bond the company posted to insure reclamation will occur, is blacked out in the mine’s Forest Service-approved reclamation plan.

About two-thirds of the plan’s 475 pages are redacted from the document available on a public Forest Service website.

The mining company, Hudbay Minerals Inc., defends the redactions as a way to protect proprietary information.

But two outside experts denounced the redactions as excessive and say they’ve never seen a reclamation plan so heavily redacted.

The Forest Service says these redactions fall within its policies governing information releases.


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