Arizona Mining Reform Coalition

Working to ensure mining is done responsibly to protect communities and the environment in Arizona.

 

The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition is comprised of Arizona groups and individuals that work to ensure that responsible mining contributes to healthy communities, a healthy environment, and, when all costs are factored in, is a net benefit to Arizona. The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition expects the mining industry to clean up after itself, comply fully with the spirit of safeguards in place to protect Arizona, and to interact in a transparent and open manner with Arizona citizens.

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Rio Tinto may delay Resolution Copper Project

David Stringer reports that Rio Tinto has discovered a large copper/silver/gold deposit in western Australia.  Apparantly Rio Tinto thinks the deposit is so promising that it may leapfrog ahead of Rio Tinto's proposed Resolution Copper project that would destroy Oak...

New Report Provides Terrifying Detail of Mining Destruction Coming for Oak Flat

 Elizabeth Whitman writes in the Phoenix New Times that the Tonto National Forest has released a Draft Environemntal Impact Statement (DEIS) for Resolution Copper's proposal to destroy Oak Flat and thousands of additional acres of public land by building a huge...

Comment now to protect Oak Flat

We need your help to protect Oak Flat! On August 9, 2019, the Tonto National Forest release its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Rio Tinto's proposal to destroy Oak Flat and thousands of acres of additional public land to build a huge underground copper...

Sign the Save Oak Flat Act Petition

High above the town of Superior a hour east of Phoenix, Arizona, lies Oak Flat.  Oak Flat campground was protected from mining by President Eisenhower in 1955 and is a rare desert riparian area with large oak trees, cool shade, year around water in pools and springs. ...

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Stops Rosemont Mine Project

July 31, 2019 BREAKING NEWS Today US District Court Judge James Soto issued an order granting summary judgement in two cases brought by conservation organizations and Tribal governments against the proposed Rosemont open pit copper mine south of Tucson, Arizona in the...

Save Oak Flat Act Introduced in 116th Congress

The Save Oak Flat Act was introduced today in the US House (HR 665), and Senate (S 173).  These bills would repeal the Oak Flat Land Exchange, which would give Oak Flat to huge international mining companies to build a large environmentally destructive copper mine....

Rio Tinto attempts to bribe Arizona State Parks with land gift

An article in the November 1, 2018, Phoenix New Times, uncovers yet another in a long series of dirty tricks played by Rio Tinto in their quest to strongarm government officials and other decisionmakers into supporting their plans to destroy Oak Flat and another 7,000...

Arizona Mining Reform Coalition wins victory in appeal over Resolution Copper permit to pollute Queen Creek

On October 16, 2018, Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden, ruled that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) had violated Arizona state law in renewing a permit allowing Resolution Copper to dump polluted mine...

The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition was founded in 2006 to protect Arizona’s communities and the environment.  As a coordinating coalition, we work to make sure our member groups are aware of mining impacts and threats and are empowered to act to protect to their communities and constituencies.

Our goals are threefold:

  • To inform our members and the public about mining issues that impact Arizona’s communities and the environment and to empower them to act.
  • Work to strengthen and improve Arizona’s mining rules and regulations.
  • Work to strengthen and improve federal mining rules and regulations.

We currently have 17 member organizations representing hundreds of thousands of folks across the country and thousands of individual members. Our member organizations range from small local groups like the Concerned Citizens and Retired Miners Coalition to large national organizations like the Sierra Club. Our members run the gamut from the faith community, to rock climbing advocacy groups, and to conservation non-profits.