StockInterview.com interview with Richard Blubaugh, Powertech environmental manager - April 2, 2007
Let’s take Powertech as an example. How long would this process take your company to complete so you could mine at Dewey Burdock (South Dakota) or Centennial (Colorado)?
We are looking at South Dakota where we have NRC. When we are talking about the NRC and EIS process, 2010 or 2011 is what you are probably looking at there. But, for Colorado, in our case, we already have our schedule in place and our consultants selected and we are going to see. But, this is without a mill. We are looking at conventional mining on one of our deposits – open pit – before 2010.
Where would the ore get milled? And would you have it trucked to a mill?
We’ve been talking to Sweetwater. It would work just like it would for any other trucking facility, except we would have to get a hazardous transportation permit from DOT (Department of Transportation). Then there’s rail. We have rail close to both our facilities in our planned operations in South Dakota and in Colorado.
How do you avoid dealing with a federal agency?
The agreement states – Texas, Utah, and Colorado – don’t have the EIS requirement. They may have requirements that are almost similar to an EIS requirement, but some of them don’t. If you are going to build a new processing facility, then yes there will be an EIS. But if you are just going to build a satellite facility, or if you are going to build an open pit mine or underground mine to conventional mining facilities, you do not require an EIS.