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Interim permit for new mine questioned (The Cordova Times)

British Columbia officials, who have granted Imperil Metals an interim permit for a new tailings facility at the Red Chris copper/gold prospect, said Feb. 24 that the company would have to prove the tailings facility performs to design specifications.

Once Imperil Metals has met that criteria to the satisfaction of Chief Inspector of Mines Al Hoffman, the mine would be issued an approval to continue to operate its North Tailings dam facility only, and it will be contingent on the company being able to construct the additional lifts as required by the design engineers, said David Haslam, a spokesman for the provincial Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Haslam also said, in an email response to specific questions regarding the interim permit, that since the current approval expires in May, the company must provide this information for a decision before then.

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