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Oracle Ridge Mining, LLC is a responsible community partner, a source of employment, a good neighbor, environmentally responsible and source of economic stimulus for the community. The proposed restarted operations would incorporate improved engineering controls and best available demonstrated control technology (BADCT) designed to protect the environment and provide a benefit to the community.

The mine must go through an environmental clearance and permitting process in order to open. This process, which will include public involvement and outreach, is just beginning.

The following regulatory and permitting processes will have a public comment or involvement period:

  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Aquifer Protection Permit (APP)
  • Pima County Air Permit
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers 404 Permit

Schedules will be posted here. Stay tuned for more information.
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The NEPA documentation for this project would include:

  • The purpose and need for action regarding improvements to the existing access roads and corridors for pipeline and power
  • Alternatives for conveyance corridor design
  • Documentation of the existing and affected environment
  • Environmental consequences and mitigation as applicable
  • The list of persons and agencies consulted

Check back often for more information, or contact Lori Lantz, Gordley Group, Community Outreach, at 520-327-6077, to be added to the project mailing list to receive future updates.

Public Involvement and Outreach

Conceptual designs propose maintenance and improvements to the existing access roads, as well as use and improvement of prior conveyance corridors for pipelines and power. For U.S. Forest Service-managed lands, NEPA will apply for categorical exclusions, special use permits and a possible Environmental Assessment (EA) for the roads and conveyance corridors. For use of Arizona State Lands and right-of-ways, an EA-like process is also anticipated.

For the Tailings Facility and Waste Rock Areas which are on private land (differing from the conveyances which cross forest service land) an engineering evaluation will be performed for the significant amendment to the Aquifer Protection Permit to determine the Best Available Demonstrated Control Technology (BADCT) design for these APP-regulated facilities. During the public participation process, comments can be submitted to ADEQ regarding the selected BADCT design.

Environmental Process

The environmental process will include:

  • Following NEPA for proposed actions for improvements to the existing access roads and corridors for pipeline and power.
  • A review of existing environmental, natural resource and cultural resource data.
  • Coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding drainage improvements for tailings facility extension and road improvements.
  • Coordination with USACE regarding nationwide permits for improvements to the mine access roads and haul road.
  • Amendment to the existing Aquifer Protection Permit through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
  • A Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PCDEQ) Class II air permit for additional processing, tailings and road use.
  • Potential withdrawal of groundwater from ancillary, off-site well(s) and possible permitting for water auctioning.
  • Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and NEPA-related Traffic Impact Analysis for mine access and haul road usage for construction and operations.
  • Transparent and inclusive public outreach program, including public meetings and hearings.