The US Forest Service (USFS) has publicized that they have completed the Rosemont Copper final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the complete document will be posted on the USFS Rosemont project website beginning November 29, 2013.
“The publication of the Final EIS is the culmination of over six years of comprehensive environmental and technical studies and analyses,” said Gil Clausen, Augusta’s President and CEO. “This is an exciting and significant achievement for the Company. We are pleased that the U.S. Forest Service has completed the document and sincerely thank the team and all parties involved for their diligence and efforts. With the EIS process concluded, we can move forward and finalize the last remaining steps of permitting.”
The final EIS and draft Record of Decision (ROD) have been sent for printing and the USFS expects the official Notice of Availability (NOA) for the FEIS to be published in the Federal Register along with the draft ROD to be available on December 13, 2013. Upon public and legal notification on December 15, 2013, the 90-120 day comment and resolution period for the draft ROD commences, following which a final ROD will be issued.
Based on the public comments received and any relevant additional analysis identified during the public comment period, the Forest Service will prepare and publish a final record of decision (ROD). The ROD will identify the alternative that the Forest Service has chosen, as well as any additional monitoring and mitigation measures. The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue their own respective records of decision.