DOI, Mining Co. Settle Over Past Damage At Ariz. Site

Law360, New York (May 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. unit has agreed to pay $825,000 to settle claims by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Tohono O'Odham Indian nation that the company released hazardous substances at a copper oxide mining site in Arizona, though the company may still face future claims related to natural resources damage at the site.

The DOI, the Indian nation and Freeport-McMoRan unit Cyprus Tohono Corp. lodged a proposed consent decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday,...
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