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Itafos announces draft EIS for Conda Mine life extension

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Itafos Inc. has announced a significant milestone on Conda’s mine life extension with the publication of the draft environmental impact statement (draft EIS) for the Husky 1/North Dry Ridge (H1/NDR) mine development project. The company previously defined H1/NDR as the path forward for Conda’s mine life extension following completion of the independent technical report encompassing Conda and Paris Hills deposits during 2019.

“The publication of the draft EIS is an important step in executing on our key objective of extending Conda’s mine life through permitting and developing H1/NDR. Conda has a more than 30-year track record of safe and reliable operations and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers for many years to come,” said Tim Vedder, General Manager of Conda.

The draft EIS was prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The NEPA process is designed to help public officials complete permitting decisions that are protective of the environment and includes a public engagement process. The Draft EIS was published on the Federal Register on 22 October 2021, which initiated a public comment period through 6 December 2021.

On 30 October 2019, the company announced the results of the independent technical report encompassing Conda and Paris Hills deposits and defined H1/NDR as the company’s path forward for mine life extension. The independent technical report was compiled by Golder Associates Ltd and titled ‘NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Itafos Conda and Itafos Paris Hills Mineral Projects, Idaho, USA’ (the ‘Conda technical report’). On 16 December 2019, the company announced the conversion of mineral resources to mineral reserves related to Conda’s existing mines, which are expected to extend Conda’s mine life through mid-2026.

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