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: firstname.lastname@example.org, submitted via the website at: https://www.resolutionmineeis.us, or by sending a facsimile or leaving a voicemail message at 1-866-546-5718.