We have important news to share with you. The Florence Copper project will move forward with construction of the Production Test Facility, also known as the “PTF,” starting now.
Two important decisions recently coincided with one another to make this possible:
1) The federal EPA process concluded on Friday, Sept. 22 with a final order issued by the Environmental Appeals Board that upheld and confirmed Florence Copper’s Underground Injection Control permit and denied further appeal.
2) The board of directors at Taseko Mines, our parent company, approved the construction of the PTF.
Florence Copper’s PTF means a $25 million dollar investment in Florence. The test facility will require 35 jobs during the 9 month construction period and 40 permanent jobs once the PTF is operational. This pilot test will demonstrate the safety and reliability of the in-situ copper recovery method.
Full commercial operations will begin after the PTF, creating approximately 800 direct and indirect jobs for Arizona.
This has been one of the longest, most thorough and detailed examinations of a mining project in the history of Arizona! Water protection is of the highest priority – as it should be.
Florence Copper has met every requirement by both the state and federal governments. There is absolutely no doubt that the proposed test facility is environmentally sound and that drinking water will be protected.
Thank you for your support during the permitting process. We will continue to keep you informed about activity on site and future employment opportunities.
*This post has been edited from an earlier version for clarity.