The Coronado National Forest just released the following announcement:
Tucson, AZ (November 27, 2013) – The Coronado National Forest has announced the completion of the Rosemont Copper Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). An informational copy of the FEIS will be posted on the project website, www.RosemontEIS.us beginning November 29, 2013. [Top, Santa Rita Mountain site for proposed mine. Credit, Rosemont Copper]
The FEIS is being posted on the Web for informational purposes only--the pre-decisional objection period does NOT begin at this time. Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch requested the FEIS be posted on the Web to allow the public ample time to review the document. As part of the FEIS appendices, the project website links will include the Biological Opinion, the Memorandum of Agreement regarding the adverse effects on historic properties, and the response to comments from the draft EIS public comment period.
The Forest anticipates that on December 13 the Notice of Availability for the FEIS will be published in the Federal Register, which will be the official release of the FEIS. Then, on December 15 a legal notice of the opportunity to object to the proposed project will be published in the newspaper of record (Arizona Daily Star). Publication of the legal notice anticipated on December 15 officially initiates the 45-day objection period to begin on the day after publication. All documents including the draft Record of Decision will be available at that time on the project website, www.RosemontEIS.us .
Information on the objection process is posted on the project website and will be noticed in a future news release.