The questions stem from Augusta’s unexpected announcement in July that it was making sweeping changes to the Rosemont mine operating plans on which the original environmental review was based. As a result of these “substantial changes,” a new environmental report is required to assess the impacts of the new operating plan.
The Forest Service is expected to make a decision before the end of the year on whether to issue a Final EIS for the Rosemont copper mine or require Augusta to prepare a new environmental analysis that could delay the project.
In its July announcement, Augusta said the changes to its proposed mining plan included piling an additional 70 million tons of oxide ore in nearby National Forest canyons and streams, while processing an additional 121 million tons of sulfide ore – a 22% increase over the original plan.
Mounting opposition to the project comes at the same time Augusta has come under firefor a series of false or misleading statements the company is making to regulators, investors and the public about the proposed mine.
The following examples provide evidence that the company may be deceiving investors, regulators and Arizonans who would be affected by the proposed mine.
SOURCE Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR)