The Draft EIS describes the process undertaken by the USDA Forest Service, to evaluate the issues related to and predicted effects of the submittal by Resolution Copper's mining GPO, and legislatively-mandated land exchange.
Throughout the 90-day public comment period, the Forest Service offered multiple ways – including website submissions, written comments and public hearings – for interested parties to comment on the analysis and findings in the Draft EIS. The Forest Service hosted six public hearings in towns and cities including Superior, San Tan Valley, Kearny, Globe, Queen Valley, and Tempe. Two court reporters recorded oral comments from attendees. These are the public comments from each public hearing.
Neil Bosworth, the Forest Supervisor for the Tonto National Forest, outlines his agency’s responsibilities and encourages the public to review the Draft EIS and provide substantive comments with supporting reasons in his Dear Reader letter.
The Draft EIS update outlines identified issues, alternatives development and updated maps as well as an overview of impacts for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange. Forest Service officials anticipate releasing the Draft EIS in summer 2019.