EMED Mining has obtained heritage clearance from the Department of Culture and Heritage of the Junta de Andalucía, Spain, for its Rio Tinto copper mine.

The Department of Culture and Heritage is one of the four principal regulatory authorities with responsibility for the mine.

The company is awaiting responses from three other departments to restart operations at the mine.

The approval was given subject to certain conditions that are largely aimed at ensuring that the extensive heritage at Rio Tinto is clearly documented and preserved.

The mine covers an area of about 13.2 km2 and includes a large open pit, a processing plant, a tailings storage facilities, administrative offices and other infrastructure.