Powertech Uranium Corp.: Mine Permit Application Status-Centennial Projectadmin
Tuesday, August 12th 2008
POWERTECH URANIUM CORP. announce that activities associated with its mine permit application for the Centennial Project, in Weld County, Colorado, are advancing on schedule.
A new ‘Notice of Intent’ (NOI) for ten additional drill holes was submitted to the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (CDRMS). Four holes will be drilled as core holes to demonstrate and confirm the physical parameters of the mineralized sands in the upper Fox Hills formation, the confining units, and overlying and underlying aquifers. Two of the drill holes are to be completed as monitor wells. The remaining four drill holes are to identify an area for the proposed plant site through the drilling of condemnation holes ensuring that the processing facility will not be built over potential ore. This new technical information will be incorporated, along with previously collected data, in the permit applications. Drilling is expected to begin upon approval of the NOI and placement of the surety.
Several major milestones have been completed and are summarized below:
– The meteorological station and air sampling stations are being maintained in accordance with the Sampling Analysis Plan. Sampling of the background air particulates continues as does the data collection from the meteorological tower through November 2008. – The fifth of eight samples has been collected from the network of groundwater wells in the project area. The remaining samples will be collected through October 2008. Water samples from these wells will be analyzed to provide quarterly baseline water quality data for the project. Included in this network of groundwater wells are several historical groundwater observation wells completed in the 1980′s. – To assist in the characterization of baseline radiation in the project area, 55 surface soil samples (0-15 cm) were taken in the month of June and submitted to the laboratory for testing and 19 soil profiles were taken to a depth of 100 cm. – Thirteen surface water samples were obtained during the second quarter of 2008 from the established surface water sampling stations and, two samples were collected from surface impoundments in the project area. Sampling will continue through October 2008. – A required noise survey was conducted during June 2008. – Vegetative sampling was completed in June 2008. The report is being drafted. – The wildlife survey was completed in June 2008 and is being reviewed. – The cultural resource survey has been completed and is being reviewed. – The Underground Injection Control Permit (UIC) application is nearly complete, pending completion of related management activities and receipt of additional data. – Several sections of the environmental report (ER) are in draft form: 1. Aquifer pumping tests 2. Baseline Radiation 3. Regional Surface Water Hydrology
4. Air Quality Assurance Report
Additionally, numerous maps and figures have been completed and are being reviewed for final approval and inclusion in the ER and permit applications.
George M. L. Robinson of R Squared, Inc., the prime contractor for the completion of the mine permit application activities, states, “I am pleased with the team’s success in staying on schedule as we transition into the permit drafting phase of the project. The work to date clearly indicates that in situ mining is definitely appropriate for the area.”
Powertech Uranium Corp. is a Denver-based mineral exploration and development company that holds the Dewey-Burdock Uranium Deposit in South Dakota, the Centennial Project in Colorado and the Dewey Terrace and Aladdin Projects in Wyoming. The company’s key personnel have over 200 years of experience in the uranium industry throughout the United States, and have permitted more than a dozen in-situ operations for production. For more information, please visit http://www.powertechuranium.com/.