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COPPER-GOLD: Imperial, Tahltan council to re-examine Red Chris tailings design

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Imperial Metals Corp. of Vancouver and the Tahltan Central Council have signed an accord the focal point of which is a review of the Red Chris tailings impoundment area 80 km south of Dease Lake. The design,...



BRITISH COLUMBIA – Imperial Metals Corp. of Vancouver and the Tahltan Central Council have signed an accord the focal point of which is a review of the Red Chris tailings impoundment area 80 km south of Dease Lake. The design, engineering, construction and operation will be examined to confirm that it meets world class standards.

The review was deemed necessary following the breach of the tailings dam at Imperial’s Mount Polley copper-gold mine three weeks ago.

The review is to be conducted by an independent third party engineering firm selected by the council, and the report generated by Sept. 24, 2014. The agreement follows a series of community meetings held in Iskut with the council, the Klabona Keepers Elders Society and the mining company.

Imperial has agreed to address all material issues, if any, raised in the report in a timely manner and to the reasonable satisfaction of the Tahltan Central Council.

Commissioning activities at the $622-million Red Chris copper-gold mine and 30,000-t/d mill are scheduled to begin next month when the Iskut extension power line is completed. Operations will begin with proven and probable reserves of more than 300 million tonnes grading 0.359% Cu and 0.274 g/t Au, sufficient to support a 28-year mine life.

Imperial has posted an excellent photo gallery of the Red Christ project at ImperialMetals.com.