Sunnyside Gold Corp. has unveiled a 9-step “Game Plan” to address water quality problems on Cement Creek, pledging up to $10 million for the “implementation of a preferred solution” by June 2017.
The plan was announced in an April 21 letter to the Animas River Stakeholders Group from Larry Perino, reclamation manager for Sunnyside Gold.
Sunnyside Gold, which has previously committed $6.5 million for construction of a treatment plant to reduce metals loading in the creek, said that by 2017, that fund will have grown to $10 million.
And the company said it anticipates “opportunities to garner additional support from other parties.” But Perino reiterated the company’s position that its offer is contingent on the company “obtaining satisfactory documentation that it has no liabilities in the District.”
The game plan does not specify what the “preferred solution” may ultimately be, listing a range of options including more bulkheading and/or lime treatment.
But the “Game Plan” outlined by Sunnyside Gold in its April 21 letter indicated a 300 gallon-per-minute lime treatment plant could be built for $4 million, leaving $6 million to fund operations for some 20 years.
And in the meantime plans are moving forward to bulkhead the Red & Bonita Mine in 2015 in a $1.5 million project.
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