Rosemont Copper is one permit away from construction - Tucson News Now

Rosemont Copper is one permit away from construction

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Augusta Resource Corporation (ARC), the company responsible for Rosemont Copper announced today it has one more permit required to open new mine.

Just today ARC announced that it has received an Air Quality Permit from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).  This new permit provides the operating, monitoring and reporting parameters that Rosemont Copper has to comply with, all in order to meet requirements for all federal, state and local programs.

This is the seventh permit that ARC has received in order to begin construction of the Rosemont Copper mine.  The company only requires one more permit, this one pertaining to the Clean Water Act Section 404, from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.  ARC is expecting this permit in the very near future, but has no specific date yet.

"Having received one of the last permits remaining represents a major achievement for the Rosemont Copper project as we near the end of the permitting process and prepare for construction this year," said Gil Clausen, ARC President and CEO, in a recent news release on the permit.  "This success demonstrates our commitment to set high standards for environmental protection by operating with enhanced emission controls that go beyond regulatory requirements.  Further we would like to commend the ADEQ for advancing the permitting process for the Air Quality Permit thoroughly, professionally and expeditiously."

The last permit for ARC is waiting on a Record of Decision on the Plan of Operations from the U.S. Forest Service.   

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