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Sandfire Resources announces draft EIS marks another key milestone for black butte copper project, Montana

Mining News - Published on Thu, 14 Mar 2019

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Sandfire Resources America Inc announced that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement outlining the final permitting steps for its 100%-owned underground Black Butte Copper Project. The Draft EIS will be open for public comment for a 60-day period commencing March 11,2019 and completing May 10,2019. Following the Draft EIS public comment period, the MT DEQ will respond to comments and issue a final EIS. Then DEQ can issue a Record of Decision and Mine Operating Permit for the Black Butte Project, potentially as early as the Q3 of 2019.

The proposed showcase underground mine is designed to provide economic opportunity to Central Montana while fully protecting the Smith River Watershed. The issuing of the Draft EIS is the result of three years and four months of diligent effort by the Company, its consulting technical experts and the MT DEQ to prepare an appropriate design and permit to deliver a state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible mine development project.

The Company has also completed a DRAFT Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, secured a Draft Air Quality Permit and a completed Hard Rock Mining Impact Plan - all required by the MT DEQ for incorporation in the final Record of Decision. A Section 404 Permit has also been issued in accordance with the Clean Water Act and is the only federal permit required in the permitting process for the Black Butte Copper Project.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 14 Mar 2019
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