MENOMINEE COUNTY, Mich (WLUC) - Aquila Resources Inc. the development-stage company with assets in the Great Lakes Region announced Wednesday that they have the third permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for its zinc and gold back forty project.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES Permit) was issued by the MDEQ on Wednesday as well.
The NPDES permit regulates the effluent limitations and monitoring equipment of water discharge to the Menominee River during the mine operation.
Barry Hildred, CEO of Aquila Resources said, "Aquila is very proud of this milestone achievement given that the NPDES permit satisfies both state and federal regulators as it pertains to protecting the Menominee River and surrounding watershed." Hildred continued, "We will continue our efforts with the state of Michigan and local communities to demonstrate our commitment to environment responsibility and sustainable resource development that benefits all stakeholders."
The permit decision and review process was complete with additional requirements by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, Part 31, Water Resources Protection, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Part 41, Sewerage Systems.
Aquila earned their permit and Air Use Permit on December 28th of last year and will continue working with the MDEQ to finalize the Wetlands Protection Permit which is expected to go through later this year.
Protectors of the Menominee River fear that this project could disturb sacred land. In a past interview, Cliff Nelson, Aquila Resources Vice President of U.S. Operations did confirm that those sacred sites that have been identified by archaeologists would not be touched.
Front 40 members have also expressed concerns about the project and acid mine drainage.