A federal judge in Brasília on Wednesday struck down an executive order issued by Brazilian President Michel Temer that would have allowed mining in a huge area of the Amazon jungle. A spokesman for the administration said the government will appeal the decision. The judge said the order was unconstitutional. He said changes involving nature reserves can only be made by congressional action. Earlier this month, Temer issued two separate orders opening the 47,000 square-kilometer region to private and public mining companies. The orders brought a wave of negative reaction from environmental groups, who circulated a petition against the action. The petition has gathered 600,000 signatures. The nature reserve was created in 1984 and covers territory in the states of Amazonas and Pará.
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