Hecla Fights Bad Actor Label in Montana
May 2018 by Matthew Brown
Environmental groups last year urged Montana regulators to impose the bad actor designation, and now are seeking to intervene in the case.
Even with the decades of mining and exploration, much of the Comstock is still underdeveloped and its potential not fully tapped.
Two miners were killed in an accident partly because someone wedged a broom handle against a reset button to bypass an alarm that would have shut down the system, federal safety investigators said.
Casperson said he is not worried about businesses subverting the language in the bill because the DEQ would still have the authority to halt the new construction if it is deemed environmentally unsound.
The $800 million project will provide 300 jobs during production. It will be the only US mine where nickel is the primary targeted mineral, with about 360 million pounds to be extracted.
Without this versatile group of technologies, we would be hard-pressed to produce the metals so critical to our modern way of life. The robust mining industry of today would literally not exist.
The company that wants to build and operate the mine, Rare Element Resources Ltd., promises high-wage jobs and economic vitality to an area where 40 percent of the population is age 50 or older.
...the area around Eureka, Nevada is well mineralized and seems to have a bright potential for future production of all sorts of metals.
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