Scoping Report for Resolution Copper Project Complete, on the Web

PHOENIX, March 9, 2017 — For Immediate Release.
A document summarizing the scoping process for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is done and available online.

The scoping report’s content includes concerns raised during the comment period including the views of those who participated in the public scoping meetings. Five chapters provide details on the following categories:

  • Project overview and scoping process
  • Public meeting summary
  • Public comment summary
  • Internal scoping summary
  • Cooperating agency and tribal scoping summary

Scoping is a process that continues throughout the early stages of EIS preparation. The Tonto National Forest’s Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS, Request for Comments, and Notice of Public Scoping was published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2016. Publication of the NOI represents the official start of the process to prepare an EIS, as required under the National Environmental Policy Act, for approval of a plan of operations for the Resolution Copper Project and associated land exchange.

Publication of the NOI also started the 60-day public scoping period which, based on feedback from interested parties, was extended an additional 60 days by the Forest Supervisor, Tonto National Forest. The scoping comment period was from March 18 thru July 18, 2016, and included receipt of 133,396 responses.

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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.rcexinfo@usda.gov

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.

Forest Service Point of Contact

John Scaggs
Tonto National Forest
john.scaggs@usda.gov

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website