Construction of the Florence Copper project is now underway, and the new in-situ copper recovery facility is on track to produce its first copper cathode before the end of this year.
It took eight years of effort to secure the state and federal permits necessary to proceed, but people can now see the physical evidence of progress.
Despite the influx of economic activity in Florence from the construction of the Florence Copper facility, the Florence Town Council members remain determined to stop the project, regardless of the consequences.
"Instead of welcoming the economic investment and the 80 new jobs on site" said Manager of Communications and Public Affairs Stacy Gramazio, "the Council instead continues to spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars on lawyers, challenging state and federal permit decisions that found the Project was not a threat to local water supplies, and attempting to take away Florence Copper's historic rights to mine originally granted by the Council."
Florence Copper wants to celebrate the infusion of $4.5 million in new annual revenues that they will generate for the town. The Town Council however has just increased their taxpayer-funded legal spending to $500,000 next year, specifically to fight Florence Copper.
The Town has lost the administrative challenges of the permits issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the EPA costing the town close to $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars.
While Main Street continues to suffer and more and more shops close, Council members continue fighting the state and federal regulatory agencies in what is now a "contemptuous bid to stop a sound, fully approved, permitted facility", as stated in a recent Florence Copper press release.
"The Town Council should be an advocate for opportunity and ambassadors for new investment in our community," said Gramazio. "Working together, we can all encourage positive change that will bring even more benefits to Florence."BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS