Draft Alternatives Evaluation Report for Resolution Copper Project Available Online

PHOENIX, November 2, 2017 — For Immediate Release.
The Forest Service has developed a draft version of a report that documents the agency’s alternative development process for the Resolution Copper project.

As of November 1, 2017, the public can review or download the draft Alternatives Evaluation Report from the project website: https://www.resolutionmineeis.us/. The report addresses mining techniques and tailings storage facility alternatives as well as a range of alternatives for other General Plan of Operations (GPO) components.

As part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, the Forest Service is required to investigate alternatives to the various aspects of the proposed action.

Forest Service Project Manager Mary Rasmussen states that the proposed action is to approve the GPO as submitted by Resolution Copper Mining, LLC, to the Tonto National Forest; and to facilitate a land exchange between Resolution Copper and the United States as directed by Congress under Section 3003 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

Resolution Copper is proposing to develop an underground copper mine on a section of the Tonto National Forest located near Superior, Arizona. An estimated surface disturbance of 6,900 acres (approximately 11 square miles) -- including 4,000 acres for storing the tailings -- would result from the underground mining activity.

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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