Resolution Copper protects human health and the environment by making safety our top priority and by working to minimize environmental impacts. We use a globally consistent management system called Critical Risk Management to guard against the most sever safety incidents and our environmental planning is integrated into the full life-cycle of project planning – from environmental assessments to mine design, construction, through startup operations and decades down the road, closure. Our systematic, structured and disciplined approach to measure progress and track accountability is world-class.
Our intent is not simply to meet applicable safety and environmental standards, but where possible, exceed those standards.
Mining can create dust and, like any business, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. To make sure our community has clean air, we would:
- Crush rock underground and in enclosed buildings
- House stockpiles of ore in covered buildings
- Spray water on roads and use dust-suppressing hoods and enclosures throughout the operation
Of course, we monitor the air to make sure it meets the US Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air standards and will share the results of our extensive air monitoring network with the community.
Oversized equipment and blasting to break up rock can create noise and vibration. Since most of our rock breaking work would happen underground or in new, fully enclosed buildings, which will help minimize the noise. The permitting process will look at the likely noise created by our operation and outline our work to manage it.
Protecting and restoring nature
We share our desert home with diverse plants and animals, and we’ve designed our proposed operations to protect them by:
- Locating future mining facilities in areas where existing mining and infrastructure exist
- Removing vegetation only when it is absolutely necessary, and saving important plants like Saguaro cactus so we can use them when we reclaim the area
- Using covers and containers to keep birds and other animals out of areas of the mine where they could be injured
- Creating migratory bird and wildlife protection plan for process water ponds and tailings
We’re required to replace any native plants or animal habitats we do disrupt somewhere in the area. That means the impact of our operations on biodiversity would be neutral.