"The Biden administration has paused finalizing an environmental impact statement for a controversial copper mine in Arizona in order to meet with opposing tribes and review the Forest Service’s consultation.
Joan Pepin, a Department of Justice attorney representing the Forest Service, told a federal appeals court that while she originally said in March that an EIS for the Resolution Copper mine would be produced “this spring,” the agency now doesn’t have a firm timeline.
Pepin’s original comment before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was significant because issuance of the EIS would trigger the advancement of a congressionally approved land swap in Arizona. That swap would pave the way for the Resolution Copper project, eventually resulting in the destruction of an Apache holy site."