The BC Ministry of Environment has granted an effluent discharge permit to Gold Mountain Mining's wholly owned Elk Gold property near Merritt, British Columbia, Canada.
The permit specifies the location and frequency of water quality, which will allow Gold Mountain to passively release to the environment ground and rainwater that build-up in the two bulk sample pits.
According to the company, the permit also specifies other sampling that will continue to ensure that the water released from the mine area will remain within BC water quality guidelines and protect aquatic life.
Gold Mountain is required to submit sample results to the BC Ministry of Environment.
With the permit in place, the company said it will be able to put the property into commercial production.
The company can extract 4,000 banked cubic metres of mineralised material with the existing bulk sample permit.
So far, Gold Mountain removed 2,440m³ materials leaving a permitted allowance of another 1,560m³, and completed assessment of the economics to mine mineralised material between the old and new pits.
Following the evaluation, it was found that the level of risk associated with uncertainty surrounding the low gold commodity price was high.
As a result, the Elk Gold property has been placed on care and maintenance.
Located within the Similkameen Mining District, the property comprises 27 contiguous mineral claims and one mining lease covering 16,566ha.