Southern Arizona mine first to qualify for new federal fast track permit process

The Hermosa mining project in southern Arizona, located in the Patagonian Mountains known for its ecological diversity, is the first mining project to be added to Fast-41, a federal program to streamline the permitting process, according to Monday’s announcement. .

The Hermosa mine, a $1.7 billion project operated by Australian company South32, is proposed as a zinc, silver and manganese mine. If granted, it would be the largest investment in Santa Cruz County’s history, according to the Federal Permit Improvement and Operations Council. Mine production is scheduled to start in 2027.

Fast-41 is a federal program established in 2015 that established the Federal Permit Improvements and Operations Council, comprising 16 members from 13 federal agencies, to coordinate federal environmental reviews of accredited projects. .

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