News Provided by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will be holding a public information meeting on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Florence High School Gymnasium, 1001 South Main Street, Florence, AZ 85132, regarding Curis Resources Inc.’s (Curis) application for a Temporary Individual Aquifer Protection Permit (TIP). Curis has applied for a TIP as allowed by Arizona Administrative Code R18-9-A210. ADEQ is currently reviewing this application but has not yet issued a decision on whether to grant the TIP.
The purpose of this meeting is to inform interested parties about the Curis TIP application, and ADEQ’s review, decision making, and public comment process. This public meeting shall consist of a brief presentation by ADEQ, followed by an opportunity for informal one-on-one discussion with ADEQ staff.
This public meeting is for informational purposes only and is not a forum for formal public comment. ADEQ will hold a formal public hearing to receive public comments regarding the TIP at a later date as required by rule governing the process at R18-9-A210.D.
The application submitted by Curis is for a pilot project to develop data for implementing full-scale in-situ commercial mining operations. The pilot project will be limited to four injection wells, with associated extraction and observation wells, and other facilities required to conduct and monitor the project. All facilities identified in the application will be located on land owned and administered by the Arizona State Land Department.
Under ADEQ’s Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) program, a permit is required for any facility with the potential to discharge to groundwater. There are four equally important demonstrations the mine must make to the Department to receive an APP: (1) compliance with Arizona aquifer water quality standards at a point of compliance; (2) the facility must be designed and operated to achieve the greatest degree of discharge reduction achievable through the application of Best Available Demonstrated Control Technology (BADCT); (3) financial capability; and (4) technical capability.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as sign language interpreter, by contacting Linda Morrison, (602) 771-4793 TDD phone 771-4829. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
Additional information relating to this proposed permit may be obtained from:
Richard Mendolia, Project Manager
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Phone: (602) 771- 4374