VANCOUVER, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - EMC Metals Corp. (the "Company" or "EMC") (TSX: EMC) advises that environmental site work is being initiated on the Nyngan Scandium Project in NSW, Australia, in support of a feasibility study planned for the project later this year. Following the appointment of John Thompson to the position of VP Project Development last month, certain elements of the Environmental Impact Study have begun, under direction from R. W. Corkery & Co., (Orange, NSW, Australia).
Specific work steps have been or will shortly be initiated, including:
- ground water assessment program (including drilling), - surface water assessment program, - Aboriginal heritage review, - ecology review, - traffic, noise and air quality baseline monitoring, and - aerial photography and contour mapping for the property, specifically the anticipated location of site facilities.
The ground water assessment work will commence in April, with a program to install 8 ground water bores to test and evaluate the presence, salinity, and volumes of natural ground water, both in the proposed open pit area as well as anticipated facilities locations. Permanent water monitoring equipment will be installed in the bores to collect ongoing seasonal data on well water levels and conditions. A surface water study will follow the ground water study. Aerial mapping and the subsequent ground survey will also be commissioned in early May so as to provide accurate topographical survey information for design and operational purposes in the project area.
Discussions with property neighbors, the local community, and with regulatory authorities will be ongoing during this work, and will continue with the feasibility study and permitting efforts that are expected to extend through the year. The results from this work will be included in the Nyngan Project's Environmental Impact Study (EIS) which is required for approval of a mining permit for the project.
About EMC Metals
EMC Metals is focused on application of its in-house and patented mineral recovery technologies to deliver value in specialty metal and rare earth projects. EMC's high priority development opportunity is the Nyngan Scandium Joint Venture with Jervois Mining Limited of Melbourne, Australia. The Nyngan Scandium Project has a National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 measured and indicated resource estimate of 12 million tonnes, grading 261ppm Sc, based on a cut-off grade of 100ppm Sc ("NI 43-101 Technical Report on Nyngan Scandium, Jervois Mining Limited, Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia", March 25, 2010).
EMC also holds two tungsten assets; the Springer Tungsten property in Nevada, USA and the Fostung Tungsten project in Ontario, Canada. Both tungsten assets have NI 43-101 compliant resource estimates, and the full reports are available on the Company website and on SEDAR. The Company also holds the Carlin Vanadium property, near Carlin, Nevada, with a recently released NI 43-101 inferred resource estimate of 25.4 million tonnes, grading 0.5% V(2)O5, based on a cut-off grade of 0.30%, or 289 million lbs of total contained V(2)O5 ("NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources, EMC Metals Corp., Carlin Vanadium Project, Carlin, Nevada", April 30, 2010).
Technical information in this news release has been reviewed by Mr. John Thompson, B.E., FAusIMM, a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101. Mr. Thompson is a Mining Engineer employed by EMC Metals.
No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein. This press release contains projections and forward-looking information that involve various risks and uncertainties regarding future events. Such forward-looking information can include without limitation statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. There are numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and EMC's plans and objectives to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking information are based on estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Except as required by law, EMC assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change.
SOURCE EMC Metals Corp.