Feb 4, 2014 6:56 PM by Brian White
TUCSON - On Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to officially oppose the Rosemont Copper mine planned in the Santa Rita mountains.
The board will inform the forest service in writing on the Feb. 14 with a formal objection to the agency's initial approval of the mine and to its environmental impact statement.
The county's letter could force the forest service to adress Pima County's environmental concerns about the planned copper mine southeast of Tucson.
Statement from Rod Pace, Rosemont Copper President & CEO:
Pima County has been an active participant and an official cooperating agency since the draft Mine Plan of Operations was filed more than six years ago. It is not at all surprising the County would continue to participate in completing the Final Record of Decision by commenting on it. Any person or group, such as Pima County, commenting during the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision process has a right to submit an objection to the Draft ROD -- either positive or negative. In this regard, all comments/objections are weighed equally in the resolution process. After the US Regional Forest Service Office closes the objection phase February 14, the resolution phase of the Record of Decision process has a statutory 45 day period with a one-time extension of 30 days. A Final Record of Decision is then released so the Mine Plan of Operations can be finalized.
Our Rosemont team looks forward to the start of construction in the 2nd Quarter of this year. Rosemont Copper is creating the new standard for responsible mining throughout the world, as well as supporting thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic stimulus and tax revenues to Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.