Rosemont's approach to maintaining a sustainable water source includes:
The Rosemont Copper project is designed to incorporate progressive reclamation practices from the first year of mining activity. This has not been done in any other mine in Arizona. Highlights include:
During the process of mine closure, the operating facilities will be dismantled and inspected for any possible contaminants. Any residual lubricants, contaminated soils, reagents or fuels will be disposed of offsite.
Significant planning has gone into the facility design and construction of Rosemont Copper, reducing its footprint to less than half the size of current mines in the Tucson area. The facility will be screened by perimeter buttresses to minimize the visual impact during both construction and operation and will not be visible from Green Valley, Vail, Sahuarita, Tubac or Tucson. The buttresses will both stabilize the soil and shield visual impact from state highway SR-83. Only a small portion of the final pit configuration will be visible from the highway.
Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (SDCP)
Rosemont Copper will incorporate the goals of the SDCP, including gifting conservation easements on more than 2,000 acres of private lands at the Rosemont Ranch. Mining facilities will be designed to stay within mixed-use designated areas and avoid, to the greatest extent possible, disturbing the biological core areas of the SDCP.
The Arizona State University’s L. William Seidman Research Institute published a report assessing Rosemont Copper’s economic impact on Pima County, Arizona. The study evaluated impact during the project’s construction, production, and post-production phases which span a period of 27 years. Total project impact during the production and post-production phases to gross regional product of Pima County is estimated at $5.9 billion and to labor income is $2.3 billion, with $809 million in tax revenues for state and local governments over the duration of the project. In addition, the annual average impact to employment over the full production phase will be the creation of 1,784 jobs.
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Arizona State University Department of Mines and Mineral Resources published an assessment of the economic impacts of the Rosemont Copper Project on the economies of the Cochise/Pima/Santa Cruz counties study area, the State of Arizona, and the United States. The study stated that Rosemont Copper will stimulate a total of $15 billion in new economic output to the region over the life of the mine, including an average of 2,100 jobs annually.
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A study from the Western Economic Analysis Center in Pima County reported Arizona's public and private sectors stand to gain significant economic benefits from the Rosemont Copper mine. The study looked at the economic impact on a local, state and national basis for the estimated 19-year mining operation, which calculates a cumulative boost of approximately $43.7 billion over that period of time. Dr. George Leaming, author of the economic analysis, earned both his MBA and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona and spent 12 years as a UA faculty member. Dr. Leaming's bachelor's of science degree in mining engineering is from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.
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