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). The EIS will analyze the environmental effects of: a mining proposal submitted to the Tonto National Forest by Resolution Copper Mining, LLC; the exchange of 2,422 acres of federal land near Oak Flat for 5,344 acres of privately held land elsewhere in Arizona; and any necessary amendments to the Tonto National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

The proposed mine is located on Tonto National Forest, private and state lands near Superior, Arizona. The Tonto National Forest initiated the EIS to comply with Section 3003 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA) and Forest Service regulations.  The Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS was published on March 18, 2016, with a 60-day public scoping period listed. At the request of numerous individuals and organizations, the Forest has extended the public scoping period through
July 18, 2016.

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. The meeting will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited to submit public comments during the initial scoping period, which has been extended through July 18, 2016. Comments may be submitted in a variety of ways including via email, through the project website, by mail, facsimile, and verbally by leaving a phone message. Written comments may be sent to: Resolution EIS Comments, P.O. Box 34468, Phoenix, AZ 85067-4468, via email to: comments@resolutionmineeis.us, submitted via the website at: https://www.resolutionmineeis.us, or by sending a facsimile or leaving a voicemail message at 1-866-546-5718.

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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

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website