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Just beyond the untouched boundaries of Oak Flat, exploratory mining has begun. Rio Tinto, through its subsidiary Resolution Copper, stands to make billions of dollars from the copper rich-land. While most of the profit will leave the state of Arizona, into the coffers of a foreign owned company, the costs associated with the environmental degradation and toxic biproducts will largely be footed by the local communities.