The U.S. Forest Service is giving a preliminary green light to the proposed Rosemont Copper Project.
The agency's Draft Record of Decision was released today.
The draft decision supports an alternative version of Rosemont's plan for an open pit operation on the east side of the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
The draft decision says, "The selected action is the best balance of minimizing impacts to NFS resources as well as other environmental and social values."
It continues, "The alternative will allow Rosemont Copper to meet applicable laws and regulations and has reduced impacts, compared with other alternatives."
A 45-day period to file objections begins Jan. 1.
The Final Record of Decision could be released early next spring, but Rosemont would still need clearance from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Tucson News Now has a crew at today's Forest Service announcement and will bring you the latest here and on KOLD News 13 at Noon.
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