Statement from the Director of the Save the Scenic Santa Ritas | Environment
The following is a statement from Dr. Tom Purdon, MD., Board Member, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas regarding the Forest Service’s release of Rosemont documents to cooperating agencies
"Augusta Resource has a long history of issuing misleading information, and we caution the public to not draw any conclusions solely from the company's press release about a this lengthy and complex document
"The Forest Service's makes it clear that the processes under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act have not been concluded and the relevant sections of the draft document released today are blank.
"No matter what Augusta says in its press release, one thing is clear: blasting a massive hole in the Santa Rita Mountains, sucking billions of gallons of water out of the ground, and burying 4,000 acres of National Forest land under a mountain of toxic mine waste laced with mercury, lead, arsenic and other poisons will be devastating for southern Arizona residents and businesses.
"Cooperating state, county and tribal governments will have an opportunity to review the draft and make substantive comments about this document.
“We believe that after this review is complete, the Forest Service will do the right thing and issue a revised or supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement subject to public comment.”