At six volumes, the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) describes the potential environmental effects from two proposed actions:
- A general plan of operations for development of a large-scale underground copper mine by Resolution Copper Mining, LLC.
- A related, legislatively-mandated land exchange
The document analyzes several alternatives to the proposed action submitted by Resolution Copper to the Tonto. The FEIS identifies Alternative 6 – Skunk Camp as the Preferred Alternative. It also identifies mitigation measures, both required and voluntary, that would minimize, reduce, or offset impacts from the proposed project.
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.email@example.com
Objection Period Ends March 1
Interested parties who previously submitted formal comments about the project have until March 1 to file an objection to the Tonto’s proposed decision.
For more info, view TNF News Release.
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.