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  • Pima County Supervisors seek detailed response to concerns over Rosemont Mine

    Feb 04, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to submit a formal objection to the final environmental impact statement by the Forest Service that outlines the potential impacts of the proposed Rosemont Mine.none

    The County’s objection forces the Forest Service to respond to specific concerns raised by Pima County about the impacts that the mine will have on sensitive areas in the Santa Rita Mountain range.

    Although the Board voted without comment, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has maintained that while the final environmental impact statement released late last year is certainly better than earlier drafts, it still leaves too many significant impacts unaddressed and unmitigated.

    Among the key concerns of large and enduring impacts:

    •    Permanent destruction of more than 5,400 acres in the headwaters of the Cienega Creek watershed, which provides drinking water to Tucson;
    •    The mile-wide open pit will draw in regional groundwater and lower regional wells, and will ultimately create a toxic lake that will exceed water-quality standards for lead, cadmium, mercury and other heavy metals;
    •    An increase in 9 to 14 highway accidents per year on Arizona 83;
    •    The loss of $2 million to $7 million a year in tourism spending;
    •    The loss of thousands of oak trees and up to 300,000 agaves;
    •    County land conservation guidelines call for saving 13,000 acres to compensate for the land Rosemont will disturb, but Rosemont Copper proposes to set aside 4,500 acres, and only 3,300 acres inside Pima County.

    For more information about Pima County’s concerns about the draft statement, please click here.