TUCSON, AZ (August 29, 2013) – Rosemont Copper’s leadership are providing extensive Conservation Land and Water Plans to address the final steps of approving the project. The plans include 4,500 acres of land and approximately 1,700 acre feet of water rights.
The plans submitted for review include locations considered to be prime acquisition needs according to goals and criteria contained in Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan and state and federal conservation agencies. The locations and land and/or water quantities are:
“Our plans provide vital water rights, conservation and cultural legacies and habitat for wildlife utilization and movement, as well as for community recreation and enjoyment,” said Jamie Sturgess, Rosemont Copper Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Government Affairs. “These lands and the commitments to conservation objectives were based on the goals and input from federal, state, and local agencies in Arizona, and the community, and are designed to save and enhance precious resources for future generations to enjoy.”
The plans enhance the extensive mitigation steps in Rosemont Copper’s Mine Plan of Operations, Sturgess explained, adding “some people think that project mitigation for a mining site will be achieved only if our project never happens. Others have a more holistic view. This copper we will produce at the site is needed in every aspect of our lives, from building computers and hybrid vehicles, to plumbing and electricity.”
The Rosemont Copper Conservation Land and Water Plans addressing these final steps include the National Environmental Policy Act, which guides the review of Rosemont Copper’s Mining Plan of Operations through an Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, the Corps of Engineers 404 Permit governing Navigable Waters of the US (which includes an Environmental Protection Agency review), US Fish and Wildlife’s Biological Opinion, and the National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 approval.
The Rosemont Copper Project is now in the sixth year of federal, state and local review. More than 25,000 public comments have been submitted and addressed in the US Forest Service and Corps of Engineers review. The Rosemont Copper Project is receiving international attention for the innovative mining and technology approaches and has already been viewed as setting a 21st century standard in sustainable mining.
“When we see national statistics ranking our community at the sixth poorest urban area in the United States, we need to find ways to help businesses grow here,” said Mike Varney, President & CEO of the Metro Tucson Chamber. “In the past six years, Rosemont Copper is already investing millions of dollars in the community and creating well-paying jobs and partnering with local businesses.
The two-year-long construction process will create 2,000 jobs to build the Project and when open, Rosemont Copper will employ approximately 400 at the site and another 1,700 indirect jobs supporting a variety of services including equipment repair, maintenance, food service, transportation, safety and temporary and permanent housing. According to the 2009 Arizona State University study, wages and salaries and non-labor income produced by the economic activity (of the Rosemont Copper project) will provide an annual average of $140 million in additional income to area residents. Rosemont Copper’s production activities will generate an average of $19 million per year in incremental revenues for local governments in the study area.
ABOUT ROSEMONT COPPER COMPANY
The Rosemont Copper project is located in Pima County, approximately 30 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona, and contains a world-class open-pit copper/molybdenum/silver deposit. Located in an existing mining district, Rosemont Copper’s project will have sustainable mining practices, including using solar power, consuming less than half the water of traditional mines, and reclaiming the site from the start of operations as permanent open space. Arizona, known as the copper state, produces 65 percent of the United States’ supply of copper on only a quarter of one percent of the state’s land. Rosemont Copper is expected to provide more than 10 percent of the U.S. copper supply while requiring less than half the land area of other Pima County mines. A recent study by Arizona State University showed the region would benefit over the life of the mine, adding approximately 400 direct and 1700 indirect jobs, $140 million annually in additional income to area residents and an additional $19 million a year to local governments. For more information, visit the Rosemont Copper website at www.rosemontcopper.com.