Chloride Copper Mine clears regulatory hurdles

By Ahron Sherman

Daily Miner

A shot of the solvent-extraction, electro-winning plant, which is used to pull copper from oxidized copper ore bodies, at the Chloride Copper Mine. / Courtesy photo

Up to this point, it’s been smooth sailing for Sierra Resource Group, the company set on re-establishing the Chloride Copper Mine formerly known as Emerald Isle, and it anticipates producing its first copper in early 2013.

The company recently announced that the Bureau of Land Management accepted its Mine Plan of Operation, which was completed by Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc. This formal acceptance allowed Sierra to submit its draft environmental assessment, which was completed by the same firm, in order to comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act.

“We are working closely with BLM on permitting, and the interactive process is positive,” said Sierra CEO Rod Martin. “This puts us on schedule.”

Once completed, the federal side of the permitting process is done, he said.

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