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Peru gives green light for Southern Copper's Tia Maria copper project - official

LIMA, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Peru's government has given the green light for Southern Copper Corp's much delayed Tia Maria copper project, an official told Reuters on Wednesday.

In August the government had suspended a permit for the $1.4 billion project amid violent protests to allow officials to evaluate objections from local authorities in the Arequipa region where the plant would be built.

Southern Copper, a unit of Grupo Mexico, has sought to build Tia Maria for nearly a decade, but opposition from local farmers and residents who fear pollution and loss of water supply has thwarted the effort. (Reporting by Maria Cervantes; Writing by Adam Jourdan)