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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International week of actions against Rio Tinto

April 5, 2021, kicks off a week of activities directed toward Rio Tinto, the world’s second largest mining company for their abuses of communities and the environment around the world. The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition is joining NGOs from Australia, Madagascar,...

TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE PATAGONIA MOUNTAINS FROM SOUTH32

The Patagonia mountains near the town of Patagonia on the Arizona – Mexico border are facing an onslaught of proposed mining activities that would profoundly and irreparably damage one of our nation’s biodiversity hotspots. The mining activity is being forced by...

Contact your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Save Oak Flat Act

Please contact your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Save Oak Flat ActPlease ask your members of Congress to support and co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act to right a wrong, protect the religious freedom of Indigenous people, save an important recreational area, and...

HUGE NEWS! US Forest Service Rescinds Resolution Copper Final Impact Statement

The US Forest Service just announced they are rescinding the Resolution Copper Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Draft Record of Decision on the project!
This halts the land exchange until a new FEIS is published.

This is wonderful news and although there is still much to do to protect Oak Flat and the surrounding precious lands, we should take time out to thank and remember everyone that has worked so hard to protect Oak Flat and prepare for the final effort to make sure Oak Flat remains free forever! 

New Videos About Impacts from Proposed Resolution Copper Mine

The Sierra Club, one of our member organizations, released a short film addressing the proposed toxic tailings dump that is part of Resolution Copper's proposed copper mine that would devastate thousands of acres of precious Arizona land.This is part three of the...

Injunction Sought to Block Oak Flat Land Trade for Massive Arizona Copper Mine

Tribal and conservation groups asked a federal judge today to block a land trade that would hand over thousands of acres in the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona to multinational mining company Rio Tinto for the massive Resolution Copper mine. The Oak Flat area, considered sacred by Apache and other Native people, would be destroyed by the mine.

Lawsuit Challenges Review of Mine Proposal That Would Destroy Oak Flat

PHOENIX— Tribal and conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today to stop a land trade that would hand over thousands of acres in the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona to a London-based mining company. The Oak Flat area, considered sacred by Apache and other Native people, would be destroyed by multinational mining company Rio Tinto for a massive copper mine.

Send a Letter to the Biden Administration to Protect Oak Flat

Please sign your organization onto a letter urging President Joe Biden to immediately withdraw the recently issued Final Environmental Impact Statement, Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange (EIS 20210005) that will facilitate a land exchange and construction of the Resolution Copper mine, resulting in the destruction of a Native American sacred area, Oak Flat or Chi’chil Bildagoteel.

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.

Arizona Environmental Activism for Mining Oversight