NEW YORK Curis Resources
Ltd. is free to focus on starting construction of a copper mine
in Florence, Ariz., after town authorities rescinded an
ordinance that made the companys sulfuric-acid-based
copper extraction process illegal.
"We would like to acknowledge
the decision by the mayor and council of the town of Florence
to rescind this ordinance," Rita Maguire, senior legal and
government affairs advisor to Curis, said in a statement. "We
appreciate the willingness of the town staff and the council to
work with company management and representatives to achieve
this outcome, and look forward to building on this action in
the future around areas of mutual interest."
Columbia-based Curis will now focus on starting mine
construction at Florence, which has estimated reserves of 2.84
billion pounds of copper, according to the companys
The original ordinance called
Curis sulfuric-acid-based copper extraction process a
"nauseous, offensive and unwholesome business" and made it
illegal for the company to use large quantities of sulfuric
Curis filed a lawsuit in U.S.
District Court in Arizona in October, calling the towns
ordinance unconstitutional (amm.com, Oct. 23), claims
that Florence later denied (amm.com, Nov. 8).
Now that the town has rescinded
the ordinance, Curis is waiting for approval from the
Environmental Protection Agency for an underground injection
"We look to this decision as a
positive first step towards building a more constructive
relationship between Curis and the town of Florence," Michael
McPhie, president and chief executive officer of Curis, said.
The company remains "committed to an open and transparent
dialogue with the residents" and will continue to "invest in
the community, provide meaningful employment opportunities ...
and contribute to the quality of life."