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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Forest Service official says an environmental impact statement on a new mine in the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson is being delayed.

Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch says release of a final EIS for the Rosemont Mine is now set for March -- a delay from late September. A draft environmental impact statement is expected in November.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Upchurch says the delay largely results from time needed to resolve controversy over environmental issues such as air quality, water resources and wildlife.

Upchurch says the extra time will provide flexibility for dealing with critics of the mine proposed for the Santa Rita Mountains.

Opponents welcomed the delay while Rosemont Copper says it welcomes the setting of dates for finalization of the project.

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