News Releases

Forest Service to Host Workshops, Seeks Input on Proposed Copper Mine Tailings Facility

PHOENIX, March 9, 2017 — For Immediate Release.
Tonto National Forest officials will conduct two public workshops in March to collect information on what the public deems important with regard to mine tailings as the Forest Service analyzes alternate locations for Resolution Copper’s proposed tailings facility.

Tonto National Forest Authorizes Resolution Copper to Begin Collecting Data for Proposed Tailings Storage Facility

PHOENIX, August 25, 2016—For Immediate Release.
Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth has approved both an environmental assessment and a plan of operations allowing Resolution Copper Mining, LLC, to gather necessary data to help evaluate possible construction of a large tailings storage facility on National Forest Lands.

Resolution Copper Project Comment Period Extended, Additional Meeting Scheduled

PHOENIX, May 20, 2016—For Immediate Release.
The Tonto National Forest has extended the public scoping period for the proposed Resolution Copper mine and associated land exchange Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An additional public scoping meeting will be held on June 9, 2016, at the Central Arizona College San Tan Campus, located at 3736 E. Bella Vista Rd, San Tan Valley, Arizona  85143.

Tonto National Forest to Begin Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement

Notice Published in Federal Register on March 18, 2016

PHOENIX, March 18, 2016 — For Immediate Release.
The Tonto National Forest has published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the Federal Register, announcing the beginning of the EIS process for the proposed Resolution Copper mine and an associated land exchange.

Tonto National Forest Authorizes Data Gathering Activities Draft Decision for Resolution Copper Mine Issued

PHOENIX, January 15, 2016 — For Immediate Release.
The Tonto National Forest has released the Draft Decision to authorize collection of baseline hydrological, geochemical and geotechnical data in an area where Resolution Copper has proposed a tailings storage facility. The baseline data will assist the Forest in analyzing Resolution’s General Plan of Operations during development of the Environmental Impact Statement.


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