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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Tell ADEQ to protect the Patagonia Mountains from South32

We need you to comment now on the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) intent to give South32 an Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (AZPDES). The comment deadline is January 12, 2024. South32 seeks to develop a new underground mine...

Definitely Not a Gift

It is not hard to see who is benefiting from this contract and it’s not the town or its residents.  Resolution Copper does all the dictating in the agreement for its benefit.  I don’t regard anything here in the agreement as a gift. The town would benefit financially if they annexed all-mine facilities to include Oak Flat mine area. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) noted that the Town of Superior would benefit the least financially from this project due to it not being in the town’s city limits.

2023 International Day of Action Against Rio Tinto

April 6, 2023, is a day 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 Madagascar, Serbia, the UK, and...

Arizona Events to Protect Oak Flat March 8 – 11

Join us in Arizona for several events to protect Oak Flat. Attend these events to learn more about efforts to protect Oak Flat, why we should protect Oak Flat, and to take action.  (Check back here regularly for actions you can take to protect Oak Flat.) Roy Chavez...

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

Please contact your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Save Oak Flat ActCurrently 13 young people representing 10 tribes are in Washington DC, now to urge support for the Save Oak Flat Act.  Please download and use the images below to share on social media. Take...

Press Statement on BLM Critique of Resolution Copper Final Environmental Impact Statement

“We ask the US Forest Service to write a new FEIS based on the BLM recommendations and extensive agency and citizen comments,  we call on Congress to enact the Save Oak Flat Act, and we demand that Resolution Copper recognize the fatal flaws in their failed proposal and save us all time, money, and trauma and simply abandon the project,” concludes Arizona Mining Reform Coalition Director, Roger Featherstone.

Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Queen Creek Pollution

“Instead of doing its job to protect Queen Creek, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is allowing Resolution Copper Company to add more pollutants to an already polluted stream,” said Roger Featherstone, director of the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition. “It is time for EPA to step in to protect a creek that is valued by so many Arizonans.”

Tell Federal Interagency Working Group how to reform mining laws and regulations

Please attend one or more of the two remaining listening sessions. Recently a federal register notice announced three public listening sessions for the Interagency Working Group on mining reform beginning next week and has extended the comment period to August...

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