Time to end fight, start mining

Arizona is the nation's top copper producer.   And for six long years, we've been hearing about Rosemont Copper and the fight to start mining.  It's time to end this fight.

Our position is that Southern Arizona would benefit greatly from the huge economic impact as well as the direct and indirect jobs that it would provide.

Think about this.  Rosemont is working closely with the Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to address issues brought up by the EPA.

And Rosemont Copper is only missing two major permits: an air quality permit from the State of Arizona—expected in the next couple of weeks - and the 404, or water permit, from the Army Corps of Engineers.

A "final record of decision" or green light could come as early as the fall.

Everyone agrees that we need to protect Arizona's beauty and protect the Santa Rita Mountains.  In our opinion, those that oppose the mine should use their energy to hold Rosemont Copper accountable instead of filing lawsuits that just get dismissed.

As a community, let's join forces with Rosemont Copper, benefit from the tax revenue and jobs and, at the same time, work with them to make sure we protect our environment.

If you'd like to record a rebuttal to this editorial, e-mail Debbie Bush at dbush@TucsonNewsNow.com.