The project is authorized for ten years and covers over twenty-eight square miles. It would occur on lands where Resolution Copper Mining LLC ("Resolution"), a joint venture between two of the world's largest metal mining companies – Australia-based BHP Billiton and London-based Rio Tinto -- proposes to construct a large tailings waste storage facility for its Resolution Copper Mine, one of the largest proposed copper mines in the United States.
"Once again, the Forest Service allows international mining giants to destroy our public lands for corporate profit," said Roger Featherstone, director of the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition. "If the Forest Service fails to follow the rules to protect our public lands and our communities, we have no choice but to go to the courts to force them to do their job."
Quotes from all plaintiffs and both complaints are available: http://bit.ly/ResolutionMineWasteLawsuit
Matt Smith, San Carlos Apache Tribe, 520-321-1111
Roger Featherstone, Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, (520) 777-9500, email@example.com
Sandy Bahr, Sierra Club Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter, (602) 253-8633, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Mintzes, Earthworks (919) 302-6393, email@example.com
Bill Snape, Center for Biological Diversity (202) 536-9351
Roy Chavez, Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners, (520) 827-9133
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SOURCE Arizona Mining Reform Coalition