Defend Arizona’s Santa Ritas From Copper Mining

We need your help defending jaguar habitat and precious groundwater in southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains. Canadian mining giant Hudbay Minerals is once again pushing its dystopic “Copper World” mining project and is at a key juncture with a pending permit. In question is whether our aquifers will be protected from the proposed mine and all the groundwater pumping and toxic tailings produced.

Based on initial draft permit details, there are several red flags. For instance, the permit uses outdated best-practice guidelines, doesn’t consider recent data on climate change, and is lacking in compliance wells and transparency. The mine plan has also shifted since the original application, and these changes demand full review.

Using the form below, tell the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality that it must go back to the drawing board with this dangerous draft permit. Comments are due by April 10.