Key Environmental Milestone For Czech Manganese Project
Euro Manganese Inc. (TSX-V / ASX: EMN) is preparing to file the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification with the Czech Ministry of Environment for its Chvaletice Manganese Project.
The Project entails reprocessing a large anthropogenic deposit of manganese carbonate, contained in waste from an historical mining operation.
President and CEO, Marco Romero, said Chvaletice is set to become Europe’s only primary producer of high-purity manganese products, without the adverse impacts of hard-rock mining and the resulting generation of large quantities of new waste.
“This is a major milestone for Euro Manganese,” Mr Romero, said. “The EIA Notification is the culmination of years of work on the ground, including extensive environmental baseline and impact studies, and a multi- million-dollar investment to plan and design a world-class high-purity manganese producer in Europe.
“With this filing, we will also present our Project development plan, which benefitted from extensive consultation with local communities and stakeholders, from whom we received invaluable input. The plan features the application of strict and very high environmental, health, safety and social standards.
“The studies indicate that, on balance, this project is positive for the environment, local residents and the Czech Republic. Environmental protection and stewardship are front and centre in this Project, which is located on a site significantly impacted by historical mining activity.
“A key associated benefit of the Chvaletice Manganese Project is that it will result in the rehabilitation, restoration and reclamation of a polluted site through the implementation of the highest environmental standards and engineering practices.
“Our goal is to competitively produce ultra-high- purity manganese products with best-in-class environmental and social performance. Nothing less than that is expected by manufacturers and buyers of batteries in the rapidly growing electric vehicle market.” Numerous detailed expert studies were prepared as part of Chvaletice’s development over the past four years. These include a comprehensive site-wide Biological Survey; a detailed Air Dispersion model; an Acoustic/Noise Impact Study; a Road and Rail Transportation Study; a site-wide Hydrogeological Survey; a Health Impact Assessment; an Impact on Landscape Character Study; and a Reclamation and Remediation Study.