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Florence backs off acid ban to block mine project

Florence has agreed to lift its ordinance banning commercial use of large quantities of sulfuric acid.

CASA GRANDE — Florence has agreed to lift its ordinance banning commercial use of large quantities of sulfuric acid, a measure that was part of the town’s ongoing attempt to block Curis Resources’ planned copper mining project.

The company had sued Florence over the acid ban approved last August, and Town Attorney James Mannato says Florence could continue fighting Curis on other fronts if it avoided a court fight over the ban.

The other fronts include a lawsuit in which Florence is among plaintiffs challenging the state Department of Environmental Quality’s authority to grant a permit for Curis’ project.

According to the Casa Grande Dispatch, Mannato says the lawsuit will result in a lengthy review of the permit.

Curis says it welcomes the town’s decision to drop the ban.

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