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House to vote on land swap to boost huge Arizona copper mine despite Obama opposition
WASHINGTON (AP) ' A land exchange in Arizona that could clear the way for North America's largest copper mine is up for a vote Wednesday in the House.
The bill would swap more than 2,400 acres of federal forest land for about 5,000 acres controlled by Resolution Copper Co., a subsidiary of the giant global mining company Rio Tinto. The vote marks the first time the full House or Senate has voted on the land swap, which was first proposed in 2005.
The $6 billion mining project near Superior, Ariz., is believed to be the third-largest undeveloped copper resource in the world and the largest in North America. The company says the project would create at least 1,400 jobs.
The Obama administration opposes the land swap.