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Current Status

In 2013, Resolution Copper submitted a Mine Plan of Operations (MPO) to the United States Forest Service (USFS), which the agency deemed complete the following year. An associated land exchange and conservation act passed in 2014 under the Obama administration. It included a requirement for completing a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before any land exchange occurs.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires an EIS for specific actions "significantly affecting the quality of the human environment." The process helps federal agencies make informed decisions by describing the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed action and lists potential alternatives and mitigations.

The lead review agency, the USFS, issued a Notice of Intent in March 2016 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the land exchange, which initiated public scoping.

The USFS received extensive support and assistance while preparing the Draft EIS from counties, state and federal cooperating and consulting agencies, and Native American tribes. The agency held hundreds of consultations with the public and tribes during throughout the process. It developed alternatives to be responsive to issues raised and mitigations to protect national forest land and resolve residual impacts. Issuance of the Draft EIS came in August 2019.

After another extensive public comment period, the agency published the Final EIS in January 2021. Both Resolution Copper and the USFS continue ongoing engagement and communication with stakeholders.

After the USFS process, further permitting will be progressed with other authorities and a detailed feasibility study completed over several years to inform investment considerations on the project. When an investment decision is made, Resolution Copper is expected to take around 10 years building infrastructure to prepare for the commencement of mining.

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