House OKs Land Swap Bill Allowing Mining At Ariz. Site

Law360, New York (October 26, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would swap land in Arizona owned by a Rio Tinto PLC unit for nearby federally protected land so the company could mine for copper.

The House approved H.R. 1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011, by a vote of 235-186. The tally split down party lines, with only seven Democrats voting for the bill and eight Republicans voting against it.

Under the legislation, Resolution Copper Mining LLC would acquire 2,422 acres in...
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