Scoping Documents

The documents listed below were created as a part of the scoping process.

This scoping report was prepared by the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) to summarize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping process for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Numerous individuals and several organizations requested an extension of the public scoping period, as well as additional public scoping 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.

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.

Notes taken of Question and Answer sessions of series of public scoping meetings held in March and April 2016. Public members were able to ask questions of the Forest Service staff on the project or about the NEPA and scoping process.

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.

These presentation slides were used for the series of public scoping meetings held in March and April 2016.

These informational posters were displayed during public meetings that occurred during the formal scoping period.

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.

Public open house meetings will be held as follows. Each meeting will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.; a presentation will take place at 5:30, followed by a brief question and answer period.

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EIS Status - Feb 2019

  1. Proponent submits revised Plan of Operations [Sep 2014]
  2. Federal Register Notice of Intent to prepare EIS [Mar 2016]
  3. Public scoping period and scoping meetings
    [5 meetings between Mar-Jun 2016; comment period extended from 60 days to 120 days, closed Jul 18, 2016 ]
  4. Compile and review existing data
  5. Prepare project description and identify project alternatives
  6. Publish Alternatives Evaluation Report [Sep 2017]
  7. We Are Here
    Validate Baseline Information; analyze environmental effects
  8. Prepare Draft EIS
  9. Federal Register Notice of Availability of Draft EIS
  10. 45-day public review and comment period, with public meetings
  11. Respond to public comments and prepare Final EIS
  12. Federal Register Notice of Availability of Final EIS and Draft ROD
  13. 45-day Public Objection Period
  14. Resolve objections to Final EIS and draft ROD
  15. Issue Final Record of Decision

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Forest Points of Contact

Media & General Info
John Scaggs
jscaggs@fs.fed.us

Project Manager
Resolution Copper
Mary Rasmussen
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website