Copper Mine Land Exchange Claims, Objection Period Begin December 16

PHOENIX, December 15, 2017 — For Immediate Release.
As evaluations continue for the proposed land exchange between the Federal Government and Resolution Copper Mining LLC for a copper mine near Superior, Arizona, the Forest Service has established a comment period for those with Federal or private land claims.

Persons claiming such properties or having any liens, encumbrances, or other claims relating to the lands being considered for exchange must file their claims or objections within 45 days after December 15, 2017 -- the initial publication date of the Legal Notice. The period will close January 29, 2018.

Among the publications scheduled to print the Legal Notice are: Arizona Capitol Times, Payson Roundup, Sierra Vista Herald, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Daily Sun, Arizona Silver Belt, San Carlos Apache Moccasin, Foothills Focus, Copper Basin News, Superior Sun and San Manuel Miner.

Lands involved in the exchange include:

  • A 2,422-acre section on the Tonto National Forest -- generally known as the “Oak Flat Federal Parcel”, which includes the Oak Flat campground. This section would transfer to Resolution Copper Mining, LLC
  • 5,344 acres of private land on 8 parcels located within Arizona
    • 5 of the 8 non-federal parcels would transfer to the Forest Service and include Turkey Creek in Gila County; Tangle Creek in Yavapai County; Cave Creek in Maricopa County; East Clear Creek in Coconino County; and Apache Leap South End in Pinal County
    • 3 of the 8 non-federal parcels would transfer to the Bureau of Land Management and would include the Lower San Pedro River in Pinal County; Dripping Springs in Pinal and Gila Counties; and Appleton Ranch in Santa Cruz County

Persons can e-mail submissions to: comments@resolutionmineeis.us. Postal submissions should be sent to:

Resolution Land Exchange Comments
PO Box 34468
Phoenix, AZ  85067-4468

Ways to submit comments also can be found on the project Web site at: https://www.resolutionmineeis.us/public-involvement.

According to Tonto National Forest project manager Mary Rasmussen, this outreach is separate and distinct from public scoping which has already been completed for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement and the Apache Leap Special Management Area Plan.

“Submissions are limited to those with claims, liens or encumbrances relating to the private or Federal lands outlined in Section 3003 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015,” Rasmussen said.

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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