(TUCSON, Ariz.) Yesterday, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, the Center for Biological Diversity, Arizona Mining Reform Coalition, and the Sierra Club/Grand Canyon Chapter sent a letter to key federal officials putting them on notice that they intend to challenge in federal court the U.S. Forest Service’s illegal approval of the proposed Rosemont Mine.
The notice sent by the groups’ attorney highlights the immense amount of technical data documenting the significant and devastating impacts that will be caused by Rosemont in violation of federal law.
Earlier this year, the Coronado National Forest issued the final “Record of Decision” (ROD) for the proposed Rosemont Mine incorrectly asserting that the project complies with existing environmental laws and regulations and thus should proceed.
The “sixty-day notice of intent to sue” sets out, in detail, that the Forest Service’s approval of the Rosemont ROD “violat[ed] applicable state and federal water quality standards and requirements and the Clean Water Act.” The letter states that the Forest Service has 60 days to revoke its illegal approval or the groups will take action to challenge the ROD in federal district court. A similar letter regarding the Rosemont Mine’s violation of the Endangered Species Act was submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity in June. [Read more…]