Rye Patch Mining has been awarded The Nevada Excellence in Mine Reclamation for its reclamation work at the Standard mine site on the Florida Canyon mine property. The award recognizes the reclamation design and planning at the Standard mine’s north waste rock storage facility (NWRSF).
After the North pit was mined out, the surrounding pits were started and mined concurrently. The NWRSF was used as a primary waste rock facility until it reached its current height in 2015. By filling the NWRSF to the planned height, the sides were sloped to 3:1 or to match surrounding topography, and the reclamation was completed in July.
“The company is honored to win this prestigious award, and it demonstrates Florida Canyon’s commitment to our shared values of safety, environmental stewardship, and investment in talent,” said William Howald, president and CEO, Rye Patch Gold. “We would also like to congratulate the other award winners, Newmont Mining and Jerritt Canyon Gold. Because mining is a significant economic driver to the state, it is imperative that mining constantly improve its ability to restore the land when finished.”
The nominating entities are the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Forest Service; Nevada Division of Minerals; Nevada Division of Environmental Protection; and Nevada Division of Wildlife. The selection committee consists of members from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management with representatives from the Nevada State Office; U.S. Forest Service; Nevada Division of Minerals; Nevada Division of Environmental Protection; and Nevada Division of Wildlife.
The awards recognize miners in the state of Nevada who are doing an outstanding job of reclaiming areas disturbed by mining and exploration activities. The awards promote competition among mining companies to design, incorporate and complete sound reclamation plans that incorporate new and innovative ideas, raise industry standards, and increase public awareness of the positive aspects of mining.