Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Save the Scenic Santa Ritas wrote in to let us know the last public hearing on the proposed Rosemont Mine is Monday, June 30, in Tucson at the Rincon High School Auditorium, 422 N. Arcadia Avenue. To speak, you must sign in between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., although the meeting officially starts at 6:30 p.m.
It is crucial that we pack the room to show that Tucson is opposed to this project. Even if you don't want to speak your attendance is important, and you can hear what your friends and neighbors have to say about this project! Remember that the deadline for written or emailed scoping comments is July 14, 2008! The Forest Service has put all the documents for the mine on their website (here). You can also read the comments that have been submitted so far at (here).
Also on Monday June 30, the Pima Association of Governments is having their Watershed Planning Meeting and the topic is the Rosemont Mine. This meeting is open to the public, and there will be an open discussion following the presentations. The PAG meeting is at 1:30 p.m. in PAG's 5th floor conference room in the TransAmerican building at 177 N. Church, Tucson.
This month the Watershed meeting will focus on the ROMP 208 Amendment, Copper Mining and the Rosemont Mine Project. The last agenda item is an open roundtable discussion about the Rosemont Mine Project and there should be a lively discussion between the attendees. The speakers and their topics are listed below.
Ed Curley, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, will discuss the ROMP 208 Amendment which details upgrades and capacity changes planned for the Ina Road and Roger Road wastewater reclamation facilities.
John Spencer, Arizona Geological Survey, will summarize the geology and distribution of copper deposits both globally and in southern Arizona.
Salek Shafiqullah, Coronado National Forest, will provide an overview of the Rosemont Copper Project and the Environmental Impact Statement process, which is currently underway. He will also outline water quality and water resource issues associated with the mine.
Roundtable Discussion. Attendees are welcome to participate in a roundtable discussion about the Rosemont Copper Project and to share their perspective on the proposed mine.
For more information on Rosemont and watershed issues visit www.ScenicSantaRitas.org