The Rosemont Copper project south of Tucson, AZ cleared one of the final hurdles it has been facing when it learned that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) granted the project its Air Quality permit.
Augusta Resource Corp., which owns the mine, announced the Air Quality Permit stipulates the operating, monitoring and reporting parameters that Rosemont must comply with to meet all federal, state and local air quality requirements.
Rosemont has now received seven major permits required to commence construction. Only one major permit remains, the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, which the company expects to receive upon the issuance of the Record of Decision on the Plan of Operations from the U.S. Forest Service.
Gil Clausen, Augusta's President and chief executive officer said, “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. 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.”