Tucson, AZ (November 21, 2011) – The Coronado National Forest is accepting public comments on the Rosemont Copper Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in a variety of formats. The DEIS is available online at www.RosemontEIS.us. Citizens are encouraged to review the document before submitting comments. Although comments may be submitted by various methods, citizens need only provide comments once for them to receive full consideration. The 90-day comment period began on October 21, following publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability of the DEIS in the Federal Register. Requirements for commenting may be found at 36 Code of Federal Regulations Part 215.
The Forest plans to host the following public meetings to share information about and take comments on the DEIS. Each meeting will include both informational sessions and comment sessions (except for the last meeting on January 14). Oral statements made during the comment session will be recorded. Written comments will also be taken at the meetings. Citizens do not need to be present at any meetings to comment on the DEIS.
- December 1, 2011, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Corona Foothills Middle School, 16705 S. Houghton Road, Corona de Tucson, AZ
- December 7, 2011, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Benson High School, 360 S. Patagonia Street, Benson, AZ
- December 8, 2011, 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Green Valley Recreation – West Social Center, 1111 Via Arcoiris, Green Valley, AZ
- December 10, 2011, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Elgin Elementary School, 23 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ
- January 14, 2012, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sahuarita District Auditorium, 350 W. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita, AZ (commenting session only)
Arrangements are being made for shuttle bus transportation to some of the meetings. Details will be posted to the project website at www.RosemontEIS.us.
Comments most useful for the Environmental Impact Statement process should be as specific as possible. It is also helpful if comments refer to pages and/or chapters of the DEIS. Comments may address either the adequacy of specific analyses in the DEIS or the merits of the alternatives formulated and discussed in the document, or both. Criticism of predictive methodologies should be accompanied by alternative methodology and an explanation of why such methodology is preferable. General comments and subjective expressions of advocacy or opposition to the project or alternative are not generally helpful unless they are substantiated by a link to a relevant issue.
Brief oral comments can be made by calling toll-free (888) 654-6646.
Written comments may be mailed to:
P.O. Box 4207
Logan, UT 84323
Written comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (435) 750-8799 and by electronic mail (e-mail) to CoronadoNF@RosemontEIS.us. The subject line of facsimiles and e-mails should include the words “Rosemont Copper Project DEIS”. E-mail attachments should be in Word (.docx), rich-text format (.rtf), or portable document format (.pdf).
For questions or special needs regarding the public meetings or the comment period, the public may call (520) 388-8300 voice or (520) 388-8304 TTY. Additional information about the Rosemont Copper Project DEIS is available online at www.RosemontEIS.us.