Lesko Introduces Legislation to Greenlight Resolution Copper Mine
Washington, May 12, 2022 | Rachel Harris (202-417-0746)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced H.R. 7722, the Unleashing American Resources Act, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to reissue the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange to allow the Arizona facility to immediately begin production.
“At a time when the United States is in desperate need of critical minerals, we must do all we can to produce these minerals domestically,” said Congresswoman Lesko. “Under the Trump Administration, the Resolution Copper project was greenlit to begin production, but then the Biden Administration decided to rescind that approval. We need to get this mine back online and cut the red tape.”
The Trump Administration issued the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange in Superior, Arizona on January 15, 2021. Not six weeks later, on March 5, 2021, the newly inaugurated Biden Administration rescinded the approval, preventing the mine from beginning production. Once at full capacity, the mine could provide 25 percent of all of the copper needed in the United States.