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EPA Issues Permit for Florence Copper Mine

Photo Credit: Florence Copper Inc.

Photo Credit: Florence Copper Inc.

Source: Florence Copper

Florence Copper Inc. announced Dec. 5 the receipt of an Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The UIC permit regulates the construction and operation of Florence Copper’s injection wells at the site and is the final regulatory milestone required of Florence Copper to operate its Production Test Facility (PTF) in Florence, Arizona using in-situ copper recovery (ISCR) technology.

“I would like to acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the staff at the EPA, who reviewed our permit application carefully and extensively,” said Dan Johnson, vice president and general manager with Florence Copper. “We are excited to have achieved this critical milestone and look forward to operating our in-situ recovery technology PTF.”

“Both the state and federal agencies have issued the operating permits for our project and have given us the green light to move one step closer to production,” said Rita Maguire, vice president and general counsel with Florence Copper. “This last but very critical permit from the EPA signifies the agency’s confidence that the Florence Copper project will operate in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

The issuance of the UIC permit triggers the public comment period. During this time, EPA will host an open house and public hearing in the community and may modify the permit before its final issuance.