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FLORENCE, Ariz. A proposal to develop a copper mine near the southern edge of the Tonto National Forest has the support of Pinal County.

The county's board of supervisors voted unanimously this week in support of a resolution to urge Congress to recognize the Resolution Copper Mining Co. for its efforts to develop the mine near Superior.

The resolution comes as a House subcommittee prepares to hold a hearing next week on several mining bills, including one that would allow for a land exchange between the mining company and the federal government.

The swap would allow the company to begin obtaining permits.

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation have said that the project could spur the creation of more than 3,700 jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic activity and tax revenue.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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