[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 54 (Tuesday, March 21, 1995)]
[Page 14929]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-6891]


Forest Service

Carlota Copper Project, Tonto National Forest, Gila and Pinal 
Counties, AZ

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles 
District, Arizona Field Office.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

ACTION: Notice of the extension of the comment period on the draft EIS.


SUMMARY: On June 9, 1992, the USDA, Forest Service, as lead agency, 
issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) for a proposal to develop a mine for copper extraction 
in the Pinto Creek/Powers Gulch area in the Federal Register (57 FR 
24461). The NOI indicated a 45 day period for comments on the Draft 
EIS. A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS was published by EPA in 
the Federal Register (60 FR 6710) as EIS No. 950034, Draft EIS, AFS, 
AZ, Carlota Open-Pit Copper Mine Project on February 3, 1995. The 
Forest Service, USDA, has decided to extend the review period an 
additional 45 days.

DATES: Comments on the Draft EIS should now be received in writing by 
May 11, 1995.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to USDA Forest Service, Tonto National 
Forest, 2324 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006, Attn: Paul Stewart.

RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL: The Forest Supervisor, Tonto National Forest, 
will be the responsible official and will decide on the conditions 
under which the mining operations may proceed.

Paul Stewart, Project Coordinator (602) 225-5200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Forest Service received a number of 
requests from both other agencies and the public to extend the review 
period due to the complexity of the issues and the length of the Draft 
EIS. After review of the extension requests, and consideration of 
potential impacts to the mining proponent, an additional 45 days is 
reasonable to provide for review of the Draft EIS. The entire comment 
period will total 97-100 days from the release of the Draft.

    Dated: March 13, 1995.
Charles R. Bazan,
Forest Supervisor, Tonto National Forest.
[FR Doc. 95-6891 Filed 3-20-95; 8:45 am]