TUCSON, Ariz. — Federal forest officials say a planned copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson will cause negative impacts, but that it’s in line with nearly all environmental laws.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the U.S. Forest Service laid much of the groundwork for approval of the Rosemont Mine on Friday by releasing a final environmental impact statement.
Still, the report shows that legal uncertainties and significant differences of opinion among agencies remain in the way of the mine’s approval.
The report contains 100 pages of mitigation plans aimed at protecting not just water quality, but endangered species, dark skies for astronomy and other aspects.
The Environmental Protection Agency has denounced some of them as inadequate, and the Army Corps of Engineers has raised some concerns.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com