Earthworks Inc.

Cortina Update

Earthworks Industries Inc. (the “Company”) is pleased to provide this update on the status of the development of its integrated waste handling project at the Cortina Rancheria in Colusa County, California. The project is being developed by the Company’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Cortina Integrated Waste Management Inc. (CIWM)

With federal approval, CIWM holds a lease of 443 acres of the Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation’s Cortina Rancheria for the development of an integrated waste handling operation, which includes a material recovery system, composting, soil decontamination, and landfill operations.

The Company has been waiting for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9, to complete its review for tentative approval of the remaining Site-Specific Flexibility Requests (SSFRs) pursuant to EPA’s Draft Guidance for municipal waste landfills in Indian Country.

On Friday May 3rd, 2024, the EPA filed a Notice of Deficiency (Notice) in the Sacramento Bee regarding our Proposed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill. The EPA is inviting public comment on the Notice, which it issued in response to the revised SSFRs which SCS Engineers (SCS) submitted electronically on August 17, 2022, on behalf of CIWM and the Company to the EPA and the Kletsel Environmental Regulatory Authority (KERA). The public may comment on the Notice until June 3, 2024.

Mr. David Atkinson commented: “We received a copy of the Notice, and I was very encouraged at reaching this final stage of EPA’s SSFR review, public comment, after all these years. On initial review SCS has advised us that the additional deficiencies identified are minor in nature and should be resolved in very short order.  We continue to look forward to creating and bringing a whole new standard of environmentally responsible waste handling to fruition, based upon the regulations of the State of California, the Tribal and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

The Company continues to work in collaboration with both the federal and Tribal agencies in completing the current stage of approval at Cortina and the precedent-setting development it represents.

For further information, contact:
Earthworks Industries Inc.
David Atkinson 

Forward Looking Statements:

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