ROSEMONT COPPER A Bridge to a Sustainable Future
Our plan will set high standards for environmental protection while creating an average of 2,900 jobs each year for Arizona and injecting $19 billion into Arizonaâ€™s economy. As federal, state, and local agencies continue an exhaustive study to ensure that proper environmental protections are in place prior to issuing permits, we invite you to review this fact booklet and give us your comments and ideas.
Our renewable future depends on copper, yet today 34 percent of our supply comes from abroad. That is one reason why the General Mining Act of to
that are essential for lowering our dependency on foreign copper. Located in an existing mining district, Rosemont Copper will set a high standard for sustainable mining practices, including using solar power, consuming less than half the water as traditional mines, and reclaiming the site as permanent open space by revegetating throughout the life of the mine.
Honoring a Proud History
By 1863, one in every four people in Arizona was a miner.
From the early Native Americans who dug for minerals, to the rugged pioneers who settled the state in search of a better life, to the hard working men and women today who produce more copper than every other state combinedâ€”mining has always been a part of Arizona. Rosemont Copperâ€™s vision is to utilize the latest mining technologies to create a bridge from Arizonaâ€™s mining past to a high-tech, renewable future.
Answering the De
While Setting High En
Solar and Renewable Energy Powered
Lowest Water Use
Administration buildings will be
Rosemont will use less than
New technologies and
powered by solar panels on
half the water of traditional
environmental best practices
the site, and new transmission
mines through progressive
will ensure that all federal, state,
lines will follow routes
water conservation and water
and local air quality standards
approved in a public process.
recycling. The groundwater
are met well within required
that is pumped for mining
thresholds for dust control.
operations is already being recharged using water from the Central Arizona Project.
Air Quality Protection
emand for Copper
Reclamation Begins on Day 1
Permanent Land Conservation
Rosemont Copper can
Mine and processing areas all
Rosemont will maintain a
provide more than 10
have bonding to guarantee
30,000 acre working cattle
percent of the U.S.
ranch, and dedicate the
copper supply while
recontouring and revegetating
revegetated mining area as
requiring less than half the
throughout the life of the mine.
permanent ranching and
land area of other Pima
wildlife open space once
reclamation is complete.
New transmission and distribution systems for renewable energy will require millions of pounds of copper.
A single wind energy turbine contains more than 1 ton of copper.
New technologies and their copper wiring can play a key role in Arizonaâ€™s future economy.
Copper is necessary for distributing solar heated water and copper pipes remain the most energy efficient option.
New low-cost photovoltaics rely on copper.
hybrid cars Hybrid cars use twice the copper of their traditional counterparts.
green home The average â€œgreenâ€? home contains more than 439 pounds of copper.
Copper is the essential element to a green economy Renewable, sustainable energy sources and new technologies will require tremendous amounts of copper, with the average person already using more than 1,500 pounds of copper in a lifetime.
1 ton of copper is used in a single large wind turbine
Copper has unique properties which make it crucial to new green technologies.
34% of the U.S. copper supply comes from outside the country.
Latest oxide-ore processing technology to reduce water use Electrowinning Raffinate Pond
1 Ore Pad
Lined Solution Pond
Oxide-ore placed on lined leach pad.
The ore is irrigated with weak sulfuric solution.
The solutions is pumped to a solvent extraction and electrowinning plant to produce pure copper cathodes. The water is then recycled back to the oxide ore pad.
Environmentally responsible, efficient operations The diagrams below illustrate the detailed plan of operations for the life of the mine, including reclamation that begins on Day 1.
Processing and Administration Excavation begins Oxide ore pad
Screening berms are put in place, and topsoil is removed and stored for later use.
Oxide ore heap
Dry stack tailings Revegetation begins
Dry stack tailings will result in the smallest footprint and maximized water conservation
Extensive greenhouse and site testing have identified native plants best suited for revegetation.
Sulfide-ore processing best practices to recycle water and minimize footprint
Grinding Dry Stack
Thickeners then Filters 1
Sulfide-ore is first crushed then ground into a slurry.
Flotation process produces copper concentrates.
Copper concentrates are de-watered, the water is recycled back to crushing, and the copper goes to market for further processing.
Tailings are dewatered and sent to dry stack, and the water is recycled back to flotation.
Our Water Conservation Commitment Rosemont is committed to importing water from the Central Arizona Project Canal to recharge pumped groundwater, ensuring neutral impact to local groundwater sources. Rosemont has agreed to guarantee the viability of private wells in the pumping vicinity near Sahuarita.
YEAR 21 Buildings and minor roads removed
Reclamation continues Reclamation continues
Dust and water runoff will be controlled throughout, and all slopes will be less than 18 degrees.
Processing areas will all be reclaimed to ranching and wildlife open space uses.
The site is reclaimed as permanent open space.
Rosemont Copper will inject
a total of $19 billion
into the Arizona economy over the life of the mine, and will create an average of 2,900 jobs annually for the state.
dramatic economic benefits
indirect jobs nationally
1700 local indirect jobs
$3.3 billion increased
personal income over
the life of the mine.
Average jobs per year
ta x r e v e n u e (that can go toward roads, schools, and services) local
More than $19 million
annually in local
in local taxes over the
life of the mine. Total annual tax revenue. (Annual federal tax revenue of $128 M)
real construction estate
lo c a l st i m u lu s services
$701 million in local economic stimulus each year.
11% retail & wholesale
$1.5 billion in local
purchases over the life of the mine.
Spending by sector
Source: Arizona State University Report 2009/ REMI regional economic forecasting model (updated for national impact)
Setting a new standard for mining A smaller footprint with a higher yield Resource protection, water conservation, and land reclamation 4,200 new direct and indirect local, state and national jobs Billions in local and state economic stimulus Millions in tax revenue
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