Forest Still Accepting Public Comments for Resolution Copper Mining Project

PHOENIX, June 20, 2016 — For Immediate Release.
The Tonto National Forest Supervisor’s decision to extend the public scoping period for the Resolution Copper Mining project and land exchange gives the public additional time to submit comments.

The public now has until July 18, 2016, to submit comments in one of the following ways:

Email written comments to:

Send comments through the website:

Leave a voicemail or send a fax to 1-866-546-5718

Mail a comment to:

Resolution EIS Comments
PO Box 34468
Phoenix, AZ  85067-4468

The Tonto National Forest will use the public comments to help identify significant issues for analysis and potential project alternatives as the Forest begins preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to consider and disclose the environmental effects from:

  • Approval of the proposed plan of operations for mining activities on National Forest land.
  • The exchange of land between Resolution Copper and the United States.

Resolution Copper has submitted a proposal to develop and operate an underground copper mine near Superior, Arizona. More information is available online at:


Temporary Contact Update

The Tonto Supervisor’s Office in Phoenix remains temporarily closed in July 2019 due to a building renovation project. As a result, questions from the media and general public regarding the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange should be e-mailed to John Scaggs at:

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

Project Manager
Resolution Copper
Mary Rasmussen

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website