Nevada Division of Environmental Protection approves Jerritt Canyon Mine’s plan to restart milling operations

March 25, 2009
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CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has announced the completion of initial environmental compliance requirements at Queenstake Resources’ Jerritt Canyon Mine, a major producer of gold in northern Elko County. This determination will allow Jerritt Canyon Mine’s milling and ore processing operations to restart.

“Queenstake Resources has met all requirements to restart. There are requirements to continue operation and we’ll be working with Queenstake to ensure those are met in the near future,” said NDEP Administrator Leo Drozdoff.

The NDEP has worked with mine personnel continuously during the past six months. Air and water issues have been resolved to a level that will allow Jerritt Canyon Mine to begin processing ore. The restart will allow Queenstake Resources to rehire workers, generate revenue and continue required environmental work at the site. Read the rest of this entry »


Mercury regulations producing results: State shuts down ore roasters at mine

March 12, 2008

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–State regulations, enacted in 2006 that require mercury emissions controls to reduce the amount of mercury emitted into the air from precious metal mines, are producing some early positive results, according to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP).

In an update on recent activities, NDEP Administrator Leo Drozdoff today announced that the Mercury Air Emissions Control Program has resulted in recent proactive actions by two mining companies to reduce mercury emissions, as well as an enforcement action against one company.

He applauded two companies for their early installation of new and improved mercury emissions control equipment in accordance with the incentive portion of the regulations.
Goldcorp and Round Mountain Gold Corp. have installed deep-bed sulfur-impregnated carbon filters on mercury emitting units at their Marigold and Smokey Valley mines respectively.

Preliminary test results reported by Goldcorp show a dramatic reduction in annual mercury air emissions from those units at its Marigold Mine, from 893 pounds in 2006 to less than one pound in 2007. Round Mountain will report its results soon. By taking the risk of installing new technology before their Nevada Maximum Achievable Control Technology (NvMACT) requirements have been determined, the companies will each earn an Early Reduction Credit (ERC). An ERC gives a company two extra years to modify or replace its mercury emissions control equipment, should NDEP determine that the technology they’ve installed does not meet the yet-to-be-established NvMACT requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

Hillsboro awaits mercury removal (Courier News, N.J.)

January 30, 2008

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection LogoShipments to Nevada now expected in spring

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J.–The removal of 2,615 metric tons of mercury stored at the General Services Administration depot here has become a yearlong waiting game.

The players include township officials and Congressman Mike Ferguson, R-New Providence, who said they want the mercury “gone yesterday” from the Route 206 facility. On the other side are Nevada Department of Environmental Protection and the Defense National Stockpile Center officials, who want to take their time to ensure the mercury is moved safely and securely to an Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev.

Read the complete article at the Courier News.

Nevada Mercury Emissions Testing Program on Schedule

May 10, 2007

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–The initial phase of mercury emissions testing at Nevada’s largest precious metal mines is nearing completion, and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) reports that the program is on schedule and working as expected. Read the rest of this entry »

Mercury fugitive emissions contract awarded to University of Nevada

April 12, 2007

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–A University of Nevada researcher has been awarded a $250,000 contract to conduct a two-year research project to characterize mercury emissions to the atmosphere from areas of mining waste, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) announced today. Read the rest of this entry »

Fish consumption warning issued for 6 waterways (RGJ)

March 9, 2007

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Logo(Reno Gazette-Journal) RENO, Nev.–Citing elevated levels of mercury, state health officials Thursday recommended people avoid or limit consumption of fish in six Nevada lakes, reservoirs and rivers. Read the article.

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First enforcement action taken under new mercury regulations

February 22, 2007

NDEP LogoCARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has issued five Notices of Alleged Violation (NOAV) and an enforcement order against a northern Nevada gold mine, marking the first enforcement actions taken under the state’s new mercury air pollution control regulations. Read the rest of this entry »