Rosemont Copper, located south of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains, will provide Arizona with a solid partner interested in our future. The project will bring 2,100 direct and indirect jobs to the region annually and inject 15 billion dollars into the region’s economy over the life of the mine. This money flows into all aspects our economy from people’s salaries to providing much needed tax income to the state to support local services, such as teachers and emergency services.
Representing the absolute state of the art in modern mining, the project has been engineered to provide unprecedented levels of conservation from beginning to end. This level of commitment to our community is what we want from a industry interested in doing business in Arizona.
Jobs and Economics
Rosemont Copper will help jump-start our local and state economy and will also have a notable effect nationally.
Rosemont Copper will produce an average of 400 direct jobs annually with an average $59,000 income. In addition, an Arizona State Economic Study concluded that Rosemont will stimulate an average of 1,700 indirect jobs annually.
The jobs generated by Rosemont will be created in a wide range of industries, from construction and real estate, to manufacturing and all types of services. This means new jobs and increased profits created at the local hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, insurance agents, doctor’s offices, and other businesses. This will result in $3.3 billion in total personal income generated by Rosemont.
Committed to Local Businesses and Job Seekers
Rosemont Copper is committed to hiring and using local vendors and contractors wherever possible. This will ensure that the majority of the tremendous economic and employment benefits are felt locally.
It is estimated that Rosemont will spend more than $1.5 billion while the mine is in operation, resulting in more than $700 million of local, privately funded, economic stimulus every year the mine operates.
Creating a Sustainable Water Supply for a 21st Century Mine
Rosemont Copper must demonstrate how it will be able to service its production needs, without harming or depleting local water supplies for the project to receive its permits to operate. Water conservation and recycling techniques never before implemented at an Arizona copper mining facility will be utilized.
These techniques will result in a substantial 50-60% reduction in water use from traditional mining practices. This is half the water that other Arizona copper mines have used for similar production.
In all, Rosemont Copper will use an average of 5,000 acre feet of water a year for its operations, or approximately 125,000 acre feet over its operating lifetime. Rosemont Copper has stored 45,000 acre feet of water to replenish the groundwater it will use during operations. That is nine years’ worth of mine process water stored in advance of the mine’s opening.
From using solar power to serve administration buildings, to beginning reclamation on day one, Rosemont Copper will set the standard for sustainable mining.
Rosemont’s reclamation plan is truly unprecedented, taking place concurrently with operations so that it will be nearly complete when the mine reaches the end of its operations. Rosemont is presently cooperating with the University of Arizona on scientific investigations to optimize native plant reseeding strategies and plant salvage to ensure a successful, natural reclamation to permanent open space.
To ensure Rosemont lives up to its financial commitment, bonds will be put in place to cover all costs of reclamation and cleanup prior to the start of construction and operations.
More Copper, Less Land
Rosemont Copper can provide more than 10 percent of the U.S. copper supply while requiring less than half the land area of other Pima County mines.
By using new technology and mining practices Rosemont will generate a higher yield of copper and other minerals using less than half the land of other area mines. That means more jobs, more copper and more economic opportunities, using less land and preserving more of our environment.
The mine will operate on less than 4,000 acres of the more than 120,000 acres in the Coronado National Forest. When mining operations are complete, in conjunction with Rosemont’s reclamation plan, less than 1% of the total land that constitutes the forest will be effected.