Comments Sought by Feb. 7 on Morenci Mine Environmental Assessment and Restoration Plan, Proposed Project
Draft Addendum to the Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment in relation to the 2012 natural resource damage assessment settlement for the Freeport-McMoRan Mine near Morenci, AZ
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of Arizona will hold an informal public information meeting with interested stakeholders from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2019, at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Hwy in Phoenix, Arizona.
At the meeting, the public can receive information on a potential project that would assist in compensation to injuries of natural resources at the Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Mine (Freeport), located near Morenci in east-central Arizona. The project proposes to assist in building a Wildlife Care and Educational Center on the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, adjacent to AZGFD headquarters.
Date: Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters
5000 West Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086
This informational meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn about the new environmental assessment and restoration plan project and have the opportunity to comment on the recommended project being proposed by the Trustee agencies. Interested stakeholders will be able to view copies of the Draft Addendum Environmental Assessment and Restoration Plan, learn about the new proposed action and have the opportunity to comment on the draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment.
In addition, copies of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Restoration Plan will be made available at the Morenci and Clifton town libraries on Jan. 18, 2019. The public is asked to provide any comments about the proposed plan by Feb. 7, 2019 in writing to Renee Wilcox either via email or by mail to the address(es) below.
Email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail comments to:
Arizona Game and Fish Department Restoration Plan Comments
Attn: Renee Wilcox, Project Manager
5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086
In 2000 and 2001, mining related water bodies were documented to be highly acidic and resulted in death and other injuries to migratory birds through exposure and ingestion. The agencies, as Trustees for natural resources, received a $6.8 million settlement from Freeport, through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) program (43 CFR Part 11), which is currently being used for the restoration of wildlife populations and their habitat in Arizona.
The agencies will have staff available at the meeting to discuss the NRDAR program, the settlement, and how to provide information as the restoration process moves forward.
Addendum to the Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Natural Resource Damages Settlement, Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Mine