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Prophecy Development Submits Nevada State Mine Operating Permit Applications for Gibellini Vanadium Project

Mining News - Published on Fri, 15 Nov 2019

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Prophecy Development Corp announced that it has submitted, through its wholly owned US subsidiary Nevada Vanadium, the applications and Engineering Design Reports for the primary mining permits that govern project construction, operations and closure for its Gibellini Vanadium Project located in Eureka County, Nevada, USA to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection with copies provided to the Bureau of Land Management and the Gibellini Project Environmental Impact Statement contractor SWCA. The permit applications submitted on October 31, 2019 were for the Water Pollution Control Permit and the Class II Air Quality Permit.

These Nevada state permits have been developed to provide construction level engineering that supports the mine plan previously submitted to the BLM in the Plan of Operations. Comments received from both the BLM and SWCA were used as guidance in the engineering design to ensure the State and Federal Permits are aligned and reflect the most current guidance provided by both the NDEP and BLM.

NDEP Water Pollution Control Permit - The engineering design for heap leaching, the processing facility, and the mine design (M3 Engineering and Newfields Companies, was integrated into to the site Closure Plan that was also submitted as part of the WPCP application. This design will facilitate concurrent closure of the heap as each heap cell is finished leaching. This will allow the Closure Plan to be initiated during operations. At the end of active mining, the site can be closed at minimal technical risk. This reduces the closure duration and liability and the commensurate reclamation bond.

Air Quality Class II Permit - The Class II Permit for Gibellini is for facilities that emit less than 100 tons per year for any one regulated pollutant. Since the vanadium processing will utilize a heap leach, the emissions will be under the threshold for more complex air permits. The engineering design incorporates stringent emission control technology to minimize emissions. The modeled emissions from the entire Gibellini Project are well below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Enhanced Baseline Reports were extensively used in the Project engineering design to ensure that potential environmental impacts identified in the EBR’s would be avoided or minimized by facility design. These engineering controls help ensure that avoidance of potential environmental impacts is “built into” the project from the start of the design process. Doing so will allow Environmental Protection Measures to be taken to minimize the risk of impacts that cannot be completely avoided in the design and ensure up-front project planning that is sensitive to all environmental resources.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 15 Nov 2019
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