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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Comment now to protect Oak Flat

The Tonto National Forest has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) examining Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper mine proposal and is asking for your comments. The deadline for comments is November 7, 2019.  Please go to our alert to learn more and to...

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We need your help during the public comment period for the Forest Service's Resolution Copper DEIS. Fill out the following form and we will be in touch to help you help us!  

New Reports released showing problems with Resolution Copper mine proposal and DEIS

New Reports reveal serious problems with Proposed Resolution Copper mine proposal and US Forest Service DEIS The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition has released three new reports showing that Resolution Copper’s proposal to mine copper and the US Forest Service’s...

Attend public meetings to learn more and comment on Resolution Copper DEIS

The US Forest Service will host 6 public meetings starting September 10 in Superior, AZ, on Rio Tinto's proposal to destroy Oak Flat and thousands of additional acres of public land.  The Forest Service has added (as of September 20) another meeting in Tempe, AZ on...

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...

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...

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...

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 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.