MISSION: Southwest Research and Information Center is a multi-cultural organization working to promote the health of people and communities, protect natural resources, ensure citizen participation, and secure environmental and social justice now and for future generations


Southwest Research (SRIC) provides technical services which include training, education, mine and mill plan review, legislative analysis and expert witness services for communities facing mining and other resource development problems. Committed to providing timely and accurate information to support community-based initiatives, our work has focused on mines and mills affecting low-income and indigenous communities in the U.S., and around the globe.

SRIC's Mining and Resource Development-Related Technical Services are Available to Address Challenges Around the Globe.

SRIC has provided expert technical analysis for formal proceedings in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and prepared professional papers for publications of the British Columbia Chamber of Mines, Colorado School of Mines, European Commission, New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources and the Western (United States) Governors' Association.

Mining projects reviewed in the past ten years include:

  • Chino Mines Santa Rita Copper Complex, New Mexico, USA;
  • Voisey's Bay Nickel Project, Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada;
  • Crown Jewel Gold Project, Washington State, USA;
  • Elliot Lake Uranium Tailings Decommissioning, Ontario, Canada;
  • Windy Craggy Copper-Nickel-Cobalt Complex, British Colombia, Canada;
  • Krasnokamensk Uranium Complex, Chita, Russia;
  • Kubaka Gold Project, Magadan, Russia;
  • Crownpoint Insitu Uranium Project, New Mexico, USA;
  • White Pine Copper Smelter, Michigan , USA;
  • New Wales Phosphate Complex, Florida, USA;
  • Wismut Uranium Complex, Germany (in the former East Germany).
  • Oyu Tolgoi gold-copper mine in Mongolia.

SRIC staff have also been involved in analysis and development of mining related legislation and regulations in Canada, Europe and the USA, as well as the mining and milling guidelines of the World bank and associated international lending institutions.

Public involvement campaigns, combining citizen action with accurate technical information, have been central to the progress made during the past 25 years to prevent pollution from future mining, and restoration of lands damaged by past mining around the world. SRIC has been an active partner in many of these campaigns, working closely with local communities and regional, national and international organizations.

Our staff is extremely interested in working with communities and organizations to insure that mining and other resource development facilities are fully accountable for their current and potential environmental and community impacts.

SRIC staff are available to work with organizations in the non-governmental and governmental sector on the full range of mining and resource concerns as technical consultant or policy analyst, and in joint projects when available. We encourage people and organizations to contact SRIC to address concerns related to mining and other resource developments issues facing communities and regions globally, not just locally.

Primary staff: Paul Robinson, Research Director
For further information contact Mining@sric.org

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