GRASS VALLEY, August 15, 2014, 2014 — The City of Grass Valley and Newmont Mining Corporation (Newmont) today announced details of an updated agreement for the ongoing treatment of water discharged from the Drew Tunnel.
The agreement includes installation and operation of a temporary water treatment facility by Newmont that will begin receiving water from the Drew Tunnel by August 31, 2014. Newmont also will continue work on testing, siting, permitting and constructing a permanent treatment facility to be completed by the target date of July 2, 2018.
“We believe this is a fair, durable and responsible solution that will allow Newmont to complete the job of building and operating a reliable and effective water treatment plant for Drew Tunnel flows,” said Nick Cotts, Newmont’s Group Executive for External Relations. “We are committed to fulfilling our obligations and appreciate the City of Grass Valley working with us to identify a site for the temporary treatment facility. The installation of the temporary facility will immediately remove Drew Tunnel flows from the City’s treatment plant and free up capacity for the City’s needs.”
The temporary treatment facility will be located on the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) site and Newmont will lease the land from the City. Newmont will pay for any necessary modifications to the WWTP’s existing piping system so that it can receive water from the Drew Tunnel. The company will pay fair market value to lease land from the City. Newmont shall operate the temporary treatment facility receiving and treating water from the Drew Tunnel until the permanent facility is operational.
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