The US Forest Service will host 6 public meetings starting September 10 in Superior, AZ, on Rio Tinto’s proposal to destroy Oak Flat and thousands of additional acres of public land.  The Forest Service has added (as of September 20) another meeting in Tempe, AZ on October 10.

The Tonto National Forest has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Rio Tinto’s proposal and the meetings will explain the project and its impacts to our communities and the environment.

Please attend one or more of these public meetings hosted by the US Forest Service to learn more about the proposed project and to express you opinion.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions and to comment on the proposal.

The Arizona Mining Reform Coalition and our member groups will be at the meetings to assist you in commenting and to explain problems with the proposal.

Help us turn out folks for these meetings by volunteering to carpool.

What the DEIS examines

A series of slides showing the components of Rio Tinto’s proposal being studied by the Tonto National Forest.

Mining plan slides 9-9-19

Oak Flat Factsheet

A factsheet about the basics of Rio Tinto’s proposal and the process we are fighting

Oak Flat Factsheet 9-9-19

Talking points for comments

Use this document to craft your comments during the public meetings or for your written comments.  (We’ll update this as we review the DEIS in more detail, so check back often.)

Comment talking point for Oak Flat DEIS

September 10, 2019,
5 to 8 p.m.

Superior Jr./Sr. High School
1500 Panther Drive
Superior, AZ 85173

September 12, 2019,
5 to 8 p.m.

Central Arizona College
3736 E. Bella Vista Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143

September 17, 2019,
5 to 8 p.m.

Ray Elementary School Cafeteria
701 AZ-177
Kearney, AZ 85137

September 19, 2019,
5 to 8 p.m.

High Desert Middle School Auditorium
4000 High Desert Drive
Globe, AZ 85501

October 8, 2019,
5 to 8 p.m.

Queen Valley Community Center
1464 E. Queen Valley Drive
Queen Valley, AZ 85118

October 10, 2019,
5 to 8 p.m.

Hotel Tempe/Phoenix Airport InnSuites
1651 West Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ  85283