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Current Status of Copper World Project

Current Status of Copper World Project

Read the latest about what's going on with mining activities in the Santa Rita Mountains and the Copper World project

Hudbay's Copper World Fact Sheet

Last updated July 16, 2024

For comprehensive details and talking points regarding the proposed Copper World mining project in the Santa Ritas, download our fact sheet.


Current Activities

Last updated July 16, 2024

  • ADEQ's draft Copper World Air Permit:

    • Hudbay submitted a draft Class II Air Permit to ADEQ which opened for public comment on July 15, 2024.

    •   ACTION ALERT : There will be a Community Meeting on Aug 14 where ADEQ will host a presentation and Q&A, followed by a Public Hearing on Sep 10, where community members can voice their concerns. Comments are due by Sep 15, 2024

    • Visit ADEQ's Public Notice page for all meeting details and comment submission instructions >>

    • SSSR will prepare comments in response and advise the community of opportunities to gather as well as talking points to support your comments.

    • Review Hudbay’s draft Air Permit and supporting documents here >>

  • ADEQ's Aquifer Protection Permit:

    • ADEQ is currently reviewing public comments, and will likely release the final Aquifer Protection Permit for Copper World. We are expecting results in August 2024, and will respond accordingly

    • The public comment period on the draft Aquifer Protection Permit for Copper World closed on April 10, 2024. Learn more about the permit application here >>

    • On April 7, 2024, comments by SSSR and 13 other groups were submitted in response to the application. These comments include reports by four expert scientists who reviewed the APP in detail, as well as a copy of Pima County's comments.

    • On March 5, 2024. ADEQ held a formal public hearing on the proposed Copper World Aquifer Protection Permit. Members of the public asked questions and made comments, although ADEQ staff was not permitted to answer. Based on answers provided by ADEQ staff at the February 20 meeting, prior to the March 5 meeting SSSR staff provided an updated list of technical questions to our members in advance of the meeting.

    • On February 20, 2024. ADEQ held an informal public meeting where ADEQ staff answered questions from the public. With our technical consultants, SSSR developed a list of technical questions for the public to ask ADEQ staff at the meeting.

  • Arizona State Land Auction:

    • Hudbay has asked the Arizona State Land Department to auction off two parcels of state trust land so that they can more easily dump their mine tailings and waste rock produced by their proposed Copper World and Rosemont mines.

      These dumps of millions or even billions of tons of contaminated rock will be less than a mile from homes and an elementary school in the Ocotillo Rim Trail neighborhood.

      • ACTION ALERT : We urge you to write letters to Governor Hobbs and Executive Officer of the Arizona State Land Department, Robyn Sahid, to stop the sale. Download a letter template here >>

  • Lawsuit with Arizona State Land Department's Board of Appeals:

    • In January 2024, SSSR and Farmers Investment Company, a Sahuarita pecan farming operation filed a lawsuit alleging that the Arizona State Land Department's Board of Appeals violated the state’s Open Meeting Law in connection with granting Hudbay a right-of-way to pipe toxic tailings across the state's pristine Santa Rita Experimental Range. The right-of-way also covered a high voltage power line, communications line, and an access road. None of the infrastructure has been installed. All documents have been filed and oral arguments were heard June 13, 2024. The judge asked good questions and appeared to understand the nature of our case. Filings were submitted on July 11 and the judge has up to 60 days to make a ruling.

  • Rosemont Mine (Proposed Operations on East Side):

    • In May 2022, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2019 ruling by a federal judge in Tucson, who ruled that the Forest Service had improperly approved Rosemont Copper's plans for dumping waste rock and tailings on Forest Service land where it did not have valid mining claims. Primary operations have since shifted to the north and west sides of the Santa Rita mountains and is now referred to as the Copper World Project. See location below.


Watch Rob Peters, SSSR Executive Director, present on the latest Copper World developments

Current as of April 30, 2024

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