Below is a slightly shortened news release from the CuMo American Project on 10/3/13:
The CuMo Project team believes that advocacy on behalf of quality job creation, positive economic impacts for Idaho, environmental restoration projects, and 21st Century modern mining practices will resonate during the public comment review process, concluding early next year.
As you’ll see in the news release below, the CuMo Exploration Project has secured the conditional support of the Boise County Commissioners and Idaho Department of Commerce – entities that submitted written comments to the Forest Service in support of the completion of the exploration phase of the project.
Boise County Commissioners and the Idaho Department of Commerce Weigh in.
BOISE, Idaho —The Boise County Board of County Commissioners and the Idaho Department of Commerce have expressed support for the completion of the exploration phase of the CuMo Project in written comments submitted during a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) public comment process being conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. Letters submitted to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) advocate for the advancement of Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation’s eight-year scientific study of the Boise County molybdenum deposit.
Residents in Ada and Boise County have had the opportunity to attend public meetings hosted by the U.S. Forest Service to learn more about the current Supplemental Environmental Assessment and to submit comments regarding the CuMo Exploration Project. After attending the open houses in Idaho City and Crouch, Boise County Commissioners submitted a letter in support of the Project. The letter also contained some suggested operational considerations.
Signed by all three Boise County Commissioners—Commissioner Jamie Anderson, Commissioner Vicki Wilkins and Chairperson Barbara Balding—the letter stated, “Many citizens of Boise County expressed their desire to return to a natural resource based economy, therefore allowing the exploration of the CuMo Project is encouraged. Boise County wants to find the best solutions for all of our citizens.”
Letters of support from the Boise County Commissioners and Idaho Department of Commerce are available at www.cumoproject.com.
The Supplemental Environmental Assessment, which was developed by USFS, resulted from an August 2012 decision rendered by Federal District Court Judge Edward Lodge in response to litigation by environmental groups. Those groups challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s Environmental Assessment (EA) process and its Finding of No Significant Impact relative to the CuMo Exploration Project. Judge Lodge affirmed the Forest Service process and denied four of the five claims in the environmental groups’ lawsuit. He directed that the federal agency to perform additional environmental evaluation on groundwater issues within the area under review.
“While the process has been time consuming and costly, we believe the Supplemental Environmental Assessment completes a comprehensive review of the company’s activities and fulfills commitments to date,” said Shaun Dykes, CEO of CuMoCo. “We are pleased to demonstrate that we are and will continue to be good neighbors and vigilant stewards of the environment.”
American CuMo Mining Corporation (CuMoCo) — parent company of Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation (ICMC) — believes that if scientific research supports an economically viable project, the CuMo Project could create thousands of high-paying jobs. CuMo Project team leaders are employing scientific methodology and best practices in every facet of project research and development.
The public comment period concluded on September 18, 2013. Leadership is confident that all matters have been thoroughly researched and mitigating actions have been outlined in detail. CuMo Project leaders will continue to work with USFS to support the agency’s completion of the SEA process. The company believes the SEA should be approved and exploration activities resumed.
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