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Aquila Resources Inc. (AQA.T) has received the third of four necessary permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for its zinc- and gold-rich Back Forty project. The national pollutant discharge elimination (NPDES) permit was issued by the MDEQ on April 5, 2017, following a comprehensive public commentary period that ended on Nov. 3, 2016, including a review by the federal Environmental Protection Agency completed on Feb. 24, 2017.

"Aquila is very proud of this milestone achievement given that the NPDES permit satisfies both state and federal regulators as it pertains to protecting the Menominee River and surrounding watershed," said Barry Hildred, chief executive officer of Aquila Resources. "We will continue our efforts with the State of Michigan and local communities to demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable resource development that benefits all stakeholders."

The NPDES permit regulates the effluent limitations and monitoring requirements of water discharged to the Menominee River during mine operation. The review process and permit decisions were completed in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, Part 31, water resources protection, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Part 41, sewerage systems.

Aquila received its mining permit and air use permit on Dec. 28, 2016, and is currently working with the MDEQ to finalize the wetlands protection permit expected later this year.

Qualified person

This news release was reviewed and approved by Thomas O. Quigley, vice-president of exploration and senior technical adviser for the Back Forty project. By virtue of his education, experience and professional association, Mr. Quigley is considered a qualified person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Information regarding data verification is provided in Aquila's annual information form dated March 15, 2017.

About Aquila Resources Inc.

Aquila Resources is a development-stage company with strategic assets in the Great Lakes region. The company's experienced management team is currently focused on advancing permitting activities for its 100-per-cent-owned gold- and zinc-rich Back Forty project in Michigan.

Aquila's flagship Back Forty project is a volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit located along the mineral-rich Penokean volcanic belt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In its updated preliminary economic assessment filed in September, 2014, Back Forty demonstrated strong economics with a pretax net present value of $282-million ($210.8 -million after tax) and a pretax internal rate of return of 38.8 per cent (32 per cent after tax) based on mining 16.1 million tonnes of measured, indicated and inferred resources over the 16-year life of mine, of which 12.5 million tonnes will be open pit and 3.6 million tonnes will be underground.