Pima County has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Rosemont Copper Co. is in violation of the county’s outdoor lighting regulations by failing to submit a lighting plan for exploratory drilling at Rosemont’s proposed mine site in the Coronado National Forest.
The county alleges in a lawsuit filed in Pima County Superior Court that Rosemont’s failure to submit the plan is in ‘stark conflict” with the company’s “commitment to the community to voluntarily comply with the Pima County Outdoor Lighting Code,” the Arizona Daily Star is reporting. Rosemont makes the pledge on its website.
Pima County enacted the outdoor lighting code in 2012 to “protect access to
the dark night sky” and support “astronomical activities” among other intended purposes.
The adverse impacts of the lighting and dust created by Rosemont’s proposed open pit project to the world-class astronomy research facilities located nearby have long been a concern of mine opponents. According to a 2007 University Arizona study, astronomical research contributes over $250 million a year and 3,000 jobs to Arizona’s economy. Continue reading