Taseko Mines Ltd. announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that no appeals have been received and Florence Copper’s final Underground Injection Control (UIC) permit is now effective.

“Successful completion of the UIC permitting process is a result of Taseko’s long-term development approach, and the quality and environmental integrity of the project,” said Stuart McDonald, president and CEO of Taseko. “Taseko is now in a unique position, with one of the very few fully permitted mining projects in North America. With the final permit in hand, we have a clear line of vision to commercial production and are that much closer to realizing the full value of Florence Copper.”

Florence Copper is an in-situ copper recovery project. With an expected production rate of 85 million lb/y of LME Grade A copper cathode, it will be one of the greenest sources of copper for U.S. domestic consumption.