September 28, 2012, Vancouver, BC – Curis Resources Ltd. (TSX: CUV) (“Curis” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the receipt of an Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) from the State of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). This permit applies to the design, operation and closure of Phase 1 operations at Florence Copper.
“The receipt this week of our Phase 1 operating permit from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is a key milestone for the Company as we look forward to the start of construction and development of the Florence Copper project” said Michael McPhie, Curis President and CEO. “With our financing in place, detailed engineering complete and long lead time equipment ordered, this positive decision by ADEQ brings us one step closer to the start of construction and copper production at Florence Copper.”
On September 28, Curis Resources (Arizona) Inc. received an Aquifer Protection Permit for the Phase 1 development of the Florence Copper project. This permit authorizes the construction, operation and closure of a 24-well in-situ copper recovery (ISCR) operation at the Company’s project site in Florence, Arizona. The ISCR injection and recovery well system will be accompanied by a state of the art solvent extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) facility that is designed to produce 99.999% pure copper cathode sheets.
“I would like to acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the senior management and staff of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality” commented Dan Johnson, General Manager and Vice President of Environment and Technical Services with Curis in Arizona. “Not only has ADEQ fulfilled its regulatory responsibility to ensure that Florence Copper is built and operated in a safe and responsible manner that fully protects the public water resources of Arizona, It has also established a robust program for environmental monitoring and enforcement at Florence Copper, while encouraging ongoing technical and scientific collaboration between our company and agency staff, and providing important opportunities for public involvement.”
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