Chris Garrett

Email communication with supplemental list of mitigation suggestions from public comments in draft EIS.

The purpose of this memorandum is to detail the steps taken between the DEIS and final EIS (FEIS) to further revaluate potential mitigations for the project, leading to the mitigation and monitoring measures included in the revised appendix J of the FEIS.

Email communication with consolidated list of potential mitigation suggestions received in public comments.

The purpose of this process memorandum is to detail the process used to evaluate these comments, the decisions made by the Tonto National Forest with respect to addressing the comments, and the rationale for those decisions.

The purpose of this process memorandum is to summarize an investigation into the status of comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) alleged to have been submitted by Professor Stephen Boyd in October 2019.

Comments received on the DEIS, including those from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, questioned the appropriateness of stopping the analysis at these locations and not assessing impacts further downstream, particularly to community water supplies. In response, Section 3.7.2 of the FEIS has been modified to discuss further downstream impacts.

The purpose of this process memorandum is to signpost the process steps that have taken place since publication of the DEIS in order to assess and respond to comments about alternative mining techniques, document the conclusions reached, and the rationale for these conclusions.

Additional reclamation plans were received from Resolution Copper after the DEIS. The purpose of this process memorandum (memo) is to summarize the documents received and the process used to evaluate those documents for sufficiency.

A number of detailed comments were received on the DEIS, related to the use of the groundwater model. The purpose of this process memorandum is to detail the process used to evaluate these comments, the decisions made by the Tonto National Forest with respect to addressing the comments, and the rationale for those decisions.

The purpose of this process memorandum is to provide clarification of several perceived discrepancies in water balance that appear in the Draft EIS and supporting documents, and to provide confirmation that these discrepancies are not substantive to the disclosure of impacts in the EIS.

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Email Address Created for Land Exchange Questions

The Southwestern Region Office of Lands and Minerals Management is overseeing and administering the land exchange and appraisal process which includes the 2,422-acre Oak Flat Federal Parcel. All questions about the land exchange and appraisal process should be emailed to SM.FS.rcexinfo@usda.gov

Programmatic Agreement Info

To comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Tonto National Forest developed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) and included it in Volume 5, Appendix O of the final EIS. The PA was created in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office, tribes and other consulting parties. The PA contains an agreed upon process for identifying, evaluating and addressing adverse effects to historic properties associated with this undertaking.

To review Volume 5 and the PA, Download Vol 5 PDF, 27 MB.

Forest Service Point of Contact

John Scaggs
Tonto National Forest
john.scaggs@usda.gov

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website