Contrary to Rosemont Copper’s misleading representations that it has “received” an aquifer protection permit for its proposed massive copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountain’s south of Tucson, below are a couple of update items related to this yet-to-be finalized permit.
1) Last week, a diverse coalition appealed the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s proposal to issue this permit. This press release from Save the Scenic Santa Ritas describes this appeal.
2) As reported elsewhere, the Pima County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously decided to also appeal the Rosemont APP. Yesterday, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry sent this memo providing additional context on the County’s decision to appeal. It very clearly lays out why the Rosemont APP is flawed and is a good read.
As you recall, this permit, among other things, allows Rosemont to pollute area groundwater supplies with mercury, arsenic, lead and other dangerous contaminants for at least two years after operations begin.