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 at https://www.resolutionmineeis.us/documents/usfs-tonto-scoping-report.

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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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: john.scaggs@usda.gov

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