Welcome to the public website for the Pinto Valley Mine Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This site provides information on the Pinto Valley Mine EIS and public involvement.
The Pinto Valley Mine is an existing open pit copper and molybdenum mine located approximately 8 miles west of Miami, Arizona in Gila County. Pinto Valley Mining Corp. is proposing to expand mining activities onto the Tonto National Forest, extend the mine life to 2039, and to consolidate previous and ongoing authorizations for the mine. The proposed project would result in an estimated 1,011 acres of new disturbance (245 acres on Tonto National Forest land and 766 acres on private land owned by Pinto Valley Mining Corp.). The EIS will evaluate and disclose the potential environmental effects from approval of the Mining Plan of Operations for activities on the Tonto National Forest. The EIS also will evaluate any necessary amendments to the Tonto National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.
Announcements (updated December 13, 2019)
The USDA Forest Service is pleased to announce that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Pinto Valley Mine Project, along with supporting documents, are available for public review and are accessible on the EIS Documents page. As the lead agency for this project, the Tonto National Forest invites the public to comment over a 45-day period. The comment period runs from December 14, 2019 through January 27, 2020.
Comments on the draft EIS may be submitted as follows: 1) By mail to: Tonto National Forest, Pinto Valley Mine EIS Comments, 2324 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006 (must be postmarked by January 27, 2020), 2) By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 3) Written or oral comments also may be submitted during the two public meetings held by the Forest Service (see below). When submitting comments, please keep them specific to this project and provide specific recommendations or revisions. Comments which are not specific to the project and project area will be deemed outside the scope of the analysis and will not be considered.
The Tonto National Forest will host two open house public meetings that will be held in the towns of Miami and Superior. The first public meeting will be held on January 7, 2020 at the Superior Junior/Senior High School multipurpose room located at 100 Mary Drive, Superior, Arizona, 85173 from 5 to 7 p.m. The second public meeting will be held on January 8 at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum located at 150 N. Plaza Circle, Miami, Arizona, 85539 from 5 to 7 p.m.