Pumpkin Hollow will be the first implementation of a dry stack tailings project in the State of Nevada - a practice that is becoming more common throughout the world in water-scarce areas. In addition to the water conservation benefits, dry stacking also potentially eliminates the need for a synthetic liner (subject to the test cell demonstration noted above), eliminates the need to manage drain-down of mine-affected water entrained in the tailings after completion of operations, reduces the risks of a dam and tailings impoundment in a high seismicity area, reduces the land area required for tailings storage by over 50%, and facilitates concurrent reclamation of the tailings storage facility.
For our air quality permit, the emissions inventory for this permit was submitted on May 6, 2013 and is currently being reviewed by the NDEP Bureau of Air Quality ("NDEP-BAQ"). Pumpkin Hollow will be a minor source of particulate emissions (dust) and the analysis shows that the project will meet ambient air quality standards. There is no mercury or other hazardous air pollutants associated with the project. An air quality dispersion model has been developed and once the emissions inventory and model have been deemed adequate by NDEP-BAQ, a public notice for that permit will issued later in May 2013.
At the county level, the application to modify the Lyon County Special Use Permit ("SUP") was submitted on May 10, 2013. The SUP application is scheduled for a hearing with the Lyon County Planning Commission on June 11, 2013, and for approval by the Lyon County Board of County Commissioners on June 20, 2013. Nevada Copper has been coordinating with Lyon County since 2007 to both assure compliance and good relations on existing operations and to plan for mine development going forward. The interactions with Lyon County and the City of Yerington to address economic, social and environmental aspects of the Pumpkin Hollow project have been transparent, constructive and collaborative since Nevada Copper initially began working with them in 2007.
Nevada Copper also provides the following update on Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act ("Lyon County Bill"), House Bill H.R. 696 and Senate Bill S. 159. On May 20, 2013, the Nevada State Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 14 (SJR14) unanimously (39-0) urging passage of the Lyon County Bill. SJR14 passed in the Nevada State Senate unanimously (21-0) on April 15, 2013. The bill now has unanimous support with Lyon County, The City of Yerington, the entire Nevada Congressional Delegation, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, and support from Mayors of Reno and Sparks, Nevada, the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO), Friends of Nevada Wilderness and business leaders in Northern Nevada.
Nevada Copper announces the resignation of Brian Kirwin as a director of the Company. We thank Mr. Kirwin for his many years of service which were of great value to the growth and development of the Company. Mr. Kirwin is reducing his directorships in order to focus on his other business interests.
For additional information about Nevada Copper please visit our website at www.nevadacopper.com.
NEVADA COPPER CORP.
Giulio T. Bonifacio, President & CEO
We seek safe harbour.
Nevada Copper Corp.
VP, Investor Relations & Communications
604-683-8266 or Toll free: 1-877-648-8266
Nevada Copper Corp.
Robert McKnight, P.Eng., MBA
Executive Vice President & CFO
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