News Releases

Tonto Forest to Offer Online Opportunity for Public Viewpoints On Proposed Copper Mine Tailings Facility

PHOENIX, March 21, 2017 — For Immediate Release.
The Tonto National Forest will host two public workshops – March 21 in Superior, Arizona, and March 22 in Gilbert, Arizona -- to collect information on what the public deems important with regard to mine tailings as the Forest Service analyzes alternate locations for Resolution Copper’s proposed tailings facility.

Forest Service to Host Workshops, Seeks Input on Proposed Copper Mine Tailings Facility

PHOENIX, March 9, 2017 — For Immediate Release.
Tonto National Forest officials will conduct two public workshops in March to collect information on what the public deems important with regard to mine tailings as the Forest Service analyzes alternate locations for Resolution Copper’s proposed tailings facility.

Tonto National Forest Authorizes Resolution Copper to Begin Collecting Data for Proposed Tailings Storage Facility

PHOENIX, August 25, 2016—For Immediate Release.
Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth has approved both an environmental assessment and a plan of operations allowing Resolution Copper Mining, LLC, to gather necessary data to help evaluate possible construction of a large tailings storage facility on National Forest Lands.

Resolution Copper Project Comment Period Extended, Additional Meeting Scheduled

PHOENIX, May 20, 2016—For Immediate Release.
The Tonto National Forest has extended the public scoping period for the proposed Resolution Copper mine and associated land exchange Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An additional public scoping meeting will be held on June 9, 2016, at the Central Arizona College San Tan Campus, located at 3736 E. Bella Vista Rd, San Tan Valley, Arizona  85143.

Tonto National Forest to Begin Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement

Notice Published in Federal Register on March 18, 2016

PHOENIX, March 18, 2016 — For Immediate Release.
The Tonto National Forest has published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the Federal Register, announcing the beginning of the EIS process for the proposed Resolution Copper mine and an associated land exchange.

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EIS Status Update - Mar 2019

As of March 15, a Draft EIS update is now available under the ‘Public Involvement’ tab. To view the update, click here.

EIS Timeline - 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. 90-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

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