Based on requests from individuals and organizations for a scoping period extension and additional meetings, the TNF Forest Supervisor has decided to accommodate these requests by extending the public scoping period through July 18, 2016 and holding one additional public scoping meeting on June 9, 2016.
This information handout provides a general overview of the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange EIS. This document was mailed, along with the scoping letter from the Tonto National Forest Supervisor, to the project mailing list on March 18, 2016 and will be provided at public meetings.
On March 18, 2016, the Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register, initiating the scoping process for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange EIS. The Tonto National Forest Supervisor, Neil Bosworth, issued this scoping letter, inviting public participation in the scoping process.
These questions were asked and answered during the public meetings held in Queen Valley, Superior, Globe, Gilbert, and San Tan, Arizona from March - June 2016. 180 total questions and answers are recorded here in 5 categories: NEPA process, impact analysis, land exchange, mine proprosal, and general.
On February 13, 2015, Resolution Copper submitted a formal request to the Forest Service indicating their desire to convey the specified non-federal land to the United States. Details of the land exchange are contained in the Land Exchange Proposal dated August 2015, as well as this draft Agreement to Initiate that will be executed between Resolution Copper and the Forest Service.
The Forest Service has completed the Scoping Report for the EIS that includes information on the overall scoping process and what concerns were presented by the various participants. The purpose of the scoping process is to provide agencies and members of the public with an opportunity to provide input on the scope of the proposed project and content of the issue analysis in the EIS.