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Itafos announces NOI for Conda mine life extension

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World Fertilizer,

Itafos have announced the achievement of a key milestone regarding Conda’s mine life extension following the publication of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (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 initiation of the EIS process is a significant step towards 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 NOI formally commences the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) EIS preparation and public engagement process by the US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management and the US 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 NOI states the intended schedule is to complete the final EIS by November 2021 and associated Records of Decision by February 2022.

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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