Fort Cady will produce specialty fertilizers and micronutrients, initially targeted for the California market.

On August 14, American Pacific Borates Ltd. (APB) received the underground injection control permit by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Fort Cady borate mine in Southern California. With this approval, the company now has all operating permits necessary to move forward with production of borates and SOP at the Fort Cady borate mine.

“This is another important milestone in our transition from developer to producer,” ABR, CEO and Managing Director Michael Schlumpberger said.

Schlumpberger said the company is now less than 12 months away from production of specialty fertilizers and micronutrients to be targeted initially at the California fertilizer market. “This is another key step in our intention to become a globally significant producer of specialty fertilizers,” he added.

The company is on track for first production in the third quarter of 2021.

The project is 100% owned by APB. More than $60 million has been spent at Fort Cady, including resource drilling, metallurgical test works, well injection tests, permitting activities and substantial small-scale commercial operations and test works, the company said.