American CuMo Mining Corp.s molybdenum and copper
exploration project in Idaho can likely move forward after a
new U.S. Forest Service (USFS) supplemental environmental
assessment found that following proper procedural guidelines
would help the company avoid or mitigate the projects
impact on groundwater quality.
The report was issued
after a 2012 decision by a judge in U.S. District Court in
Idaho requiring further analysis of the projects impact
on groundwater. Environmental groups had filed litigation
challenging a previous USFS report that said there would be "no
significant impact" from the project.
Following the new
assessment, the USFS will hold a 30-day public comment period,
beginning Aug. 20 and ending Sept. 18.
The Vancouver, British Columbia-based mining company
acquired the claim, located in Boise County, Idaho, in 2004.
According to the projects website, the site is one of the
largest deposits of molybdenum, copper and silver in North