The Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining issued a “Conditional Approval of Amended Notice of Intention to Commence Large Mining Operations” for the Energy Fuel’s La Sal Mines Complex, La Sal, Utah. This notice combines the 4 mines into one mine: Beaver Shaft, La Sal, Pandora, and Snowball.
DOGM also informed Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc. of the need to reclaim the Snowball Mine. DOGM request that Energy Fuels submit a schedule, including interim steps, for reclamation of portions of the Snowball Mine no longer needed for mining operations and complete the reclamation no later than November 30, 2021.
La Sal complex is a series of uranium/vanadium mines in eastern Utah, including the Beaver, Pandora, La Sal, Energy Queen and Redd Block Projects. Advantages of La Sal project:
- Close proximity to the White Mesa Mill
- Beaver and Pandora mines fully permitted and developed
- Beaver and Pandora in operation as recently as late 2012 producing 550,000 lbs. of uranium
- Test mining targeting high-grade uranium and vanadium in 2018/19
In addition to uranium, La Sal has significant vanadium resources with potential to supply emerging battery technologies.