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Attorney general ‘disappointed’ by copper mine water decision

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:20 pm

Fresh off a defeat Tuesday on copper mining rules, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, turned the rebuff into a campaign issue.

On Wednesday King lambasted Gov. Susana Martinez’s Republican administration over the 9-1 decision by the Water Quality Control Commission on Sept. 10 to approve a copper mining rule proposed by the New Mexico Environment Department. The rule sets the criteria for discharge permits the copper mining industry needs for activities that contaminate groundwater.

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