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Augusta Resource Provides Rosemont Permitting Update

November 17, 2012

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX: AZC) (NYSE: AZC) (“Augusta” or “the Company”) announces a permitting update on its
Rosemont Copper project following an information session held today by
the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

The USFS has indicated that the permitting process is approximately 90%
complete and three major items need to be completed for the last
milestone which is the issuance of the final Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD).  The three items include:
the consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which is
nearing completion; the consultation with tribes and the State Historic
Preservation Office of which the draft Memorandum of Agreement is under
review; and, an update of air quality models which will be submitted
this month.  With the issuance of the final Air Quality Permit by the
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which is expected
by the end of 2012, Rosemont will be deemed to be in compliance with
the required federal and state air regulations.

Augusta has reviewed the work that still needs to be completed with the
USFS, and expects that the process for the issuance of the final EIS
and ROD can be concluded within 60 to 120 days.

In addition, the issuance of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) section
404 permit is also required for the construction and operation of
Rosemont.  The 404 permit can be done concurrently or subsequently to
the final EIS and ROD.

Gil Clausen, Augusta’s President and CEO said, “The USFS has been
working diligently and we are confident that as we are near completion,
they will continue to manage the process closely so all permits
required will be received in the first quarter of next year.  We are
also pleased to see the USFS referring to working towards the issuance
of Rosemont’s final EIS, thereby mitigating any belief that a
supplemental report is required.”

Augusta is a base metals company focused on advancing the Rosemont
Copper deposit near Tucson, Arizona. Rosemont hosts a large
copper/molybdenum reserve that would account for about 10% of US copper
output once in production (for details refer to www.augustaresource.com). The exceptional experience and strength of Augusta’s management team,
combined with the developed infrastructure and robust economics of the
Rosemont project, propels Augusta to becoming a solid mid-tier copper
producer. The Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE
MKT under the symbol AZC.

Certain of the statements made and information contained herein may
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forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian
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information include, but are not limited to statements concerning:
expectations surrounding, short term financing, future project
financings or refinancing; the Company’s plans at the Rosemont Project
including timing for final permits and construction; estimated
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relating to: history of losses; requirements for additional capital;
dilution; loss of its material properties; interest rates increase;
global economy; no history of production; speculative nature of
exploration activities; periodic interruptions to exploration,
development and mining activities; environmental hazards and liability;
industrial accidents; failure of processing and mining equipment;
labour disputes; supply problems; commodity price fluctuations;
uncertainty of production and cost estimates; the interpretation of
drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves;
legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions; title matters;
regulatory restrictions; permitting and licensing; volatility of the
market price of Common Shares; insurance; competition; hedging
activities; currency fluctuations; loss of key employees; as well as
those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the
Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 19, 2012. Should one or
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United States.


SOURCE Augusta Resource Corporation

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