Nez Perce Tribe and Perpetua Resources Corp. Filed Clean Water Act Settlement Agreement
Lapwai, Idaho – The Nez Perce Tribe (“Tribe”) announced today that the Tribe and Perpetua Resources Corp. (“Perpetua”) (Nasdaq: PPTA / TSX: PPTA) filed a final Settlement Agreement (“Agreement”) on
August 8, 2023, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho (“District Court”). The
Agreement resolves a Clean Water Act (“CWA”) lawsuit brought by the Tribe in 2019 over
alleged pollution discharges into the headwaters of the East Fork South Fork Salmon River from
historic mining activities within the Stibnite Mining Site in central Idaho.
The Agreement provides for total payments of $5 million by Perpetua over a four-year period
consisting primarily of contributions by Perpetua to a South Fork Salmon Water Quality
Enhancement Fund to be used by the Tribe to support water quality improvement projects in the
South Fork Salmon River watershed. The water quality improvement projects will be
coordinated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service and will
require additional data collection to choose and define the projects.
Following a 45-day review period by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Forest
Service, the Tribe and Perpetua will request the District Court to approve the Stipulation for
Dismissal and Agreement, which, if approved, would result in the CWA lawsuit being dismissed
without prejudice pending Perpetua’s payment of the amounts called for under the Agreement,
and with prejudice upon completion of such payments, subject in each case to approval by the
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT, Nez Perce Tribe v. Perpetua Resources, Corp. et al.
No. 1:19-cv-00307-BLW (D. Idaho)
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