in Florence's Public Water Supply
Comments on draft permit due: Jan. 30, 2015; Hearing in Florence Jan. 22, 2015
Travesty continues in Florence, Arizona:
Can a mining company that does not know the difference between a draft permit and a final permit be trusted to understand and follow regulations??
Information Regarding The Section 106 Process Under The National Historic Preservation Act For The Florence Copper Project: www.epa.gov/region09/water/groundwater/uic-pdfs/az/r9uic-az3-fy11-1-nhpa-information-2014.pdf
5) Florence Copper is making misleading statements about receiving an EPA UIC permit—it was a draft permit !!
Their Dec. 5, 2014 Press Release stated: "Florence Copper Inc. (Florence Copper) today announced the receipt of an underground injection control permit (UIC) from the Environmental Protection Agency." This mis-statement of facts was confirmed by their Vice President and General Counsel, Rita McGuire, "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." See entire letter: Florence Copper Press Release, Dec. 5, 2014
They also sent out a letter via email to Florence residents with the same misleading information, and asking them to come to the EPA hearing on Jan. 21, 2015
Fortunately, a Daily Star reporter got it right! It's a "Draft" permit
Business Reporter, Howard Fischer of Capitol Media News, headlines his report: "Florence Copper project obtains draft EPA permit"
Details of the basis for issuance and the draft permit, plus the permit application prepared by Florence Copper are found on this EPA webpage:
Information Regarding the Section 106 Process under The National Historic Preservation Act for the Florence Copper Project
At a hearing in Florence several years ago, I (Nancy Freeman) testified about the inevitable problems caused by bringing tankers (either by truck or rail) of sulfuric acid into the Florence town limits. I have facts and figures from my previous experience getting clean water in Green Valley from mining pollution, basically from sulfuric acid spills. That's right, and it was not an in-situ operation that actually puts sulfuric acid into the water supply—but pollution to our public water supply due to spills, that can be caused by accidents: vehicle crashes, equipment failure and pipe breakage.
In the 17-year period between 1988 and 2005, spills at the Sierrita mine amounted to around 50,000 gallons of sulfuric acid. How can these spills make a difference? Read more information on toxic waste spills---