(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Resolution Copper.)
By Mark Cowling | PinalCentral
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is planning a letter in support of the long-planned Resolution Copper mine near Superior, following a setback in the mine’s environmental approval.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently pushed back the early-March date for a federal land swap in order to consult with Native American tribes and other concerned groups for further environmental review.
“Basically they’re eliminating all the work that was done by Resolution Copper for their NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process and are refusing to allow the land exchange to go forward,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Miller, R-Casa Grande, said Wednesday.
“… I fear that not allowing this process to go forward will affect not just Resolution Copper but it can affect mining in Arizona as a whole. Like it or not, it’s one of the biggest industries we have here. There are tons of revenue and jobs that are generated from it.”