Mining company plans to begin site preparation work soon

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A subsidiary of Hudbay Minerals Inc. plans to begin clearing and grading this month at the southern Arizona site for a planned new mine with five open pits.

Rosemont Copper’s planned work will take place on private land on the western slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

Hudbay Vice President Javier Del Rio recently advised regional flood control officials in Pima County that the company plans to begin applying for environmental permits later this year from state agencies for the construction of the Rosemont Copper World project.

A company statement said it will “take great care to ensure that we minimize environmental disruption and comply with all federal, state and local requirements.”

Hudbay said there was no specific construction date for the site east of the Green Valley retirement community.

A law firm representing three Arizona tribes responded to Hudbay’s letter to the county by sending the company a notice that it intended to sue, alleging that the grading and cleanup would violate the prohibition against “unauthorized discharge” in federally regulated laundries. .

Hudbay said it had all required approvals for its initial work at the site and denied that its planned activities would damage federally regulated washdowns.