Augusta Resource Corp. has submitted a preliminary final
environmental impact statement (EIS) for its proposed Rosemont
copper project to various federal, state and local government
agencies for final comment.
The report, which
follows an internal review by the U.S. Forest Service, says the
Tucson, Ariz., copper mine would not harm any of 10 threatened
and endangered species that may live in the area.
and mitigation requirements will be required to minimize the
impacts of the project," the report notes.
"The issues and
concerns of many parties have been addressed through careful
project facility siting, technology selection, pollution
prevention, land and water set-asides, compensatory mitigation
funding, community endowment efforts, and voluntary acquisition
of ranches and rare surface water rights for preservation of
habitat values," Jamie Sturgess, Augustas senior vice
president of corporate development and government affairs, said
in a statement.
have 30 days to provide comments on the EIS, after which the
report will be finalized and formally issued. The Vancouver,
British Columbia-based company said it expects the final EIS to
be completed, along with a record of decision from the U.S.
Forest Service, in the third quarter.
The Arizona Department
of Environmental Quality has already granted Augusta an air
quality permit for the Rosemont project (
amm.com, March 29).
The mine, which will
be the third-largest copper mine in the United States with
reserves of 5.9 billion pounds of copper and 194 million pounds
of molybdenum, is expected to begin production in 2015.
"This year will be a
transformative year for Augusta and our project partners as we
move from permitting into construction at Rosemont," Augusta
president and chief executive officer Gil Clausen said. "Our
team is fully prepared and ready to execute on its development.
Project financing is moving rapidly to conclusion and detailed
construction engineering and procurement is well advanced."