Pele Mountain Resources announced it has started a long-term research study to minimize the environmental impact of its proposed Eco-Ridge uranium mine near Elliot Lake.
The study will be performed by researchers from Laurentian University's MIRARCO, considered a leader in applied research and innovation for the mining industry. The researchers will provide detailed information on the long-term mineralogical, geochemical and microbiological studies used in mineral recovery of uranium and for modeling a cost-effective, low-maintenance closure strategies.
Pele Mountain is performing large-diameter core drilling at its Eco Ridge project to recover a 300-kilogram sample. The Toronto junior miner proposes to extract uranium from underground using a combination of underground bioleaching and surface heap leach extraction. MIRARCO will carry out tests which simulate various biologically-mediated heap-leach scenarios.