Hudbay Minerals has filed their initial brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in relation to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s decision of July 2019. That decision revoked the U.S. Forest Service’s issuance of the Final Record of Decision for the Rosemont project in Arizona. The filing of the brief follows the U.S. Federal Government’s initial brief which was filed last week. The briefs explain how both believe the District Court misinterpreted federal mining laws and Forest Service regulations as they apply to Rosemont. They assert the current law broadly authorizes mining related activities such as ore processing and tailing storage to be conducted on open Forest Lands.
Hudbay President Peter Kukielski notes they believe based on arguments filed by Hudbay and the government that the appellate court will reverse the District Court’s decision allowing them to move forward with constructing and operating the Rosemont Project.
Hudbay anticipates a final decision in the appeal process in late 2021.