Aquifer protection permit issued for Rosemont copper mine
Augusta Resources announced today that the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality "has issued the Aquifer Protection Permit for its Rosemont Copper project in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. The APP establishes the operating standards and controls to ensure the protection of ground water and is effective for the life of the mine." [Right, proposed mine site. Credit, Rosemont Copper]
The company says it has now received six major permits required to commence construction. Other major permits include the Air Quality Permit and the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit, which the Company expects to receive later in the second quarter or in the third quarter of 2012 as well as the Record of Decision (ROD) on the Plan of Operations from the U.S. Forest Service.
The USFS also sent out a Rosemont Copper Project update last week stating that over 25,000 comments were submitted on the draft Environmental Impact Statement and all substantive comments have been identified, coded and organized. The USFS is now drafting a document responding to the comments. The responses will also be reflected in the final EIS and appended to the document. Final impact mitigation actions are currently being determined according to Federal and State guidelines and will be included in the EIS.