Lists of copper mines in the United States
Parts of this article (those related to leading mines) need to be updated.October 2018)(
The following lists of copper mines in the United States:
Leading copper-producing mines
Leading copper-producing mines in the U.S. in 2015, in order of output: The mines on this list accounted for more than 99% of U.S. mine production in 2015.
|Rank||Mine||County and State||Operator||Source of copper||Capacity (thousands of metric tons)|
|1||Morenci||Greenlee County, Arizona||Freeport-McMoRan||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated and leached||480|
|2||El Chino||Grant County, New Mexico||Freeport-McMoRan||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated and leached||130|
|3||Safford||Graham County, Arizona||Freeport-McMoRan||Copper ore, leached||110|
|4||Bagdad||Yavapai County, Arizona||Freeport-McMoRan||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated and leached||100|
|5||Bingham Canyon||Salt Lake County, Utah||Rio Tinto: Kennecott Utah Copper Corp.(wholly owned subsidiary)||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated||280|
|6||Sierrita||Pima County, Arizona||Freeport-McMoRan||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated and leached||80|
|7||Ray||Pinal County, Arizona||ASARCO||Copper ore, concentrated and leached||150|
|8||Pinto Valley||Gila County, Arizona||Capstone Mining Corp.||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated and leached||60|
|9||Mission Complex||Pima County, Arizona||ASARCO||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated||150|
|10||Robinson||White Pine County, Nevada||Robinson Nevada Mining Co.||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated||60|
|11||Tyrone||Grant County, New Mexico||Freeport-McMoRan||Copper ore, leached||45|
|12||Continental Pit||Silver Bow County, Montana||Montana Resources LLP||Copper-molybdenum ore, concentrated||40|
|13||Eagle Mine||Marquette County, Michigan||Lundin Mining||Nickel-copper ore, concentrated||25|
|14||Phoenix||Lander County, Nevada||Newmont Mining Corporation||Gold-copper ore, concentrated and leached||25|
|15||Miami||Gila County, Arizona||Freeport-McMoRan||Copper ore, leached||90|
|16||Silver Bell||Pima County, Arizona||ASARCO||Copper ore, leached||25|
|17||Carlota||Gila County, Arizona||KGHM International, Ltd.||Copper ore, leached||10|
|18||Lisbon Valley||San Juan County, Utah||Lisbon Valley Mining Company||Copper ore, leached||10|
Other copper-producing mines
|Mine||County and State||Operator||Type of Deposit||Annual Capacity (metric tons)|
|Mineral Park||Mohave County, Arizona||Mercator Minerals||4900|
|Tohono||Pinal County, Arizona||Freeport-McMoRan||1360|
|Johnson Camp||Cochise County, Arizona||Nord Resources||Began production January 2008|
Copper-mining projects not yet in production
|Mine||County (Borough) and State||Operator||Type of Deposit||Status|
|Pebble||Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska||Pebble Mines Corp.||Porphyry copper||Planning|
|Rosemont||Pima County, Arizona||Hudbay Minerals||Porphyry Skarn||Plan of operations filed with US Forest Service|
|Resolution Copper||Pinal County, Arizona||Rio Tinto Group 55% and BHP Billiton 45%||Operation stalled pending proposed land swap with federal government|
|Northmet||St. Louis County, Minnesota||Polymet Mining||Copper-Nickel-Platinum||State and federal permits applied for an open-pit mine|
|Rocky-Beaver Lake||Beaver County, Utah||Copper King Mining||Porphyry||Expected to start production in 2008|
Inactive or defunct copper mines
There are hundreds of inactive or defunct copper mines in the United States. The list below includes only those with Wikipedia articles.
- Brininstool, Mark and Flanagan, Daniel M. 2015 Minerals Yearbook: Copper - U.S. Geological Survey - U.S. Department of the Interior - October 2017 - (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document)
- Niemuth, Nyal J. "Arizona". Mining Engineering. May 2008. p.71.
- Niemuth, p.72.
- "RosemontEIS - The online center of information and public participation for the Rosemont Copper Project EIS".
- William R. Yernberg, "New projects highlight Minnesota's mining industry," Mining Engineering, July 2008, p.38.
- Bon, R.L., and K.A Krahulec, "Utah," Mining Engineering, May 2008. p.127-128.