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Montanore Project

Overview

The Montana DEQ has determined that the Evaluation Project can be accomplished with no significant environmental impacts.

The USFS and the USFWS have concluded that the Evaluation Project can be accomplished with no significant environmental impacts.

The proposed Montanore Mine has the potential to be a very needed economic engine for a chronically economically depressed area of Montana.  The Exploration Phase would employ 30 to 40 workers for 2 to 3 years.  If, following the Evaluation Project, MMI proposes a mining project that is authorized by the appropriate agencies it could provide family-wage earnings for over 300 workers for 25 to 30 years.  A survey of a similar sized mine operated by Hecla in Idaho shows a local economic contribution in wages, goods and services purchased, taxes and charitable giving that approaches $160 million per year.

The Evaluation Phase of work on this project is ‘shovel ready.’  The surface work needed to continue the evaluation adit is already completed.  The existing 14,000 foot adit will be extended another 4,000 feet to reach the ore body and complete necessary real-time hydrologic and geochemical information.  This information will be used to perfect the plan of operations to assure environmental impacts are mitigated.

DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

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