TUCSON, Ariz. — A Forest Service official says an environmental impact
statement on a new mine in the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson is
Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch says release of a final EIS for the Rosemont
Mine is now set for March — a delay from late September. A draft environmental
impact statement is expected in November.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, Upchurch says the
delay largely results from time needed to resolve controversy over environmental
issues such as air quality, water resources and wildlife.
Upchurch says the extra time will provide flexibility for dealing with critics
of the mine proposed for the Santa Rita Mountains.
Opponents welcomed the delay while Rosemont Copper says it welcomes the setting
of dates for finalization of the project.