The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has given Aquila Resources Inc. the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) permit for its mining project in the state.
Granted after being reviewed by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the NPDES permit regulates the monitoring requirements and effluent limitations of the water released by the Back Forty Project to the Menominee River. Aquila Resources CEO Barry Hildred commented:
“We will continue our efforts with the State of Michigan and local communities to demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable resource development that benefits all stakeholders.”
Specifically, Aquila’s mining project is located at a massive volcanogenic sulfide deposit near the mineral-rich Penokean Volcanic Belt in the Upper Peninsula. In its preliminary economic assessment, the area is found to have a rich source of gold and zinc and offers a strong potential to help the state’s economic growth over its 16 years of life.
Aquila noted that the permitting process is in concordance with the state’s Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. Aside from the NPDES permit, the mining company is also working with the MDEQ to apply for the Wetlands Protection Permit.