We just saw an email from Rosemont Copper, saying the U.S. Forest Service released the draft Record of Decision (ROD), approving the Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. [Right, photo of ROD cover] In the draft ROD, the Coronado Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch states:
“With these factors in mind I did not take this decision lightly. My decision to approve the proposal is guided by Federal law.Rod Pace with Rosemont said that "All that remains is the final permit, the 404 permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the final adjustments to the Rosemont Mine Plan of Operations to comply with the conditions included in the Final Record of Decision for the 404 permit and for the Forest Service."
“My decision allows Rosemont Copper to develop its mineral resource while requiring a wide array of mitigation and monitoring steps that will minimize or avoid impacts on National Forest Service lands to the extent practicable. Importantly, my decision implements an alternative that will allow Rosemont Copper to comply with applicable Federal laws and regulations.”