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Pure Gold Mining pockets a permit

Province places stamp of approval on noise and air emissions plan for Red Lake gold mine developer
Pure Gold Red Lake surveyor
(Pure Gold Mining Facebook photo)

Pure Gold Mining received a "milestone" environmental permit from the province on its path toward starting production on a new mine, southwest of Red Lake.

The Vancouver-headquartered developer announced that the ministry of the environment, conservation and parks has approved and issued an amended environmental compliance approval for air and noise emissions at the Pure Gold Mine.

The permit sets out operating conditions related to air and noise emissions for the mine, mill and all the activities taking place around an operation that will be processing up to 1,089 tonnes of gold ore a day.

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Next up, the company is awaiting receipt of an amended industrial effluent permit for its sewage works. The initial regulatory review is complete and the company said it has applied for an expedited approval process for this permit.

First gold production is scheduled for late this year.

The company is continuing exploration drilling on its property in following the trail of a seven-kilometre-long gold system, and tap into multiple other discoveries, that figure to build more gold resources to the operation and prolong the mine's life.

“I am exceptionally proud of the tremendous groundwork our team has completed to establish the foundation of a long-life mining company in Red Lake,” said company president-CEO Darin Labrenz in a July 22 release.

“Since first acquiring the project, we have worked very closely with the First Nations, local communities and regulators to materially advance the project and to transform a brownfields site into a sustainable modern mine. To date, our work has clearly established a robust, scalable mining operation, while concurrently improving the surrounding environment through the progressive removal and reclamation of legacy works."

The company said the underground operation will generate more than $470 million in direct salaries over the first phase of the mine's life.