Proposed re-opening of the San Juan Ridge Mine
The San Juan Mining Corporation is announcing plans to reopen the San Juan Ridge Mine, located 7 air miles (18.5 road miles) outside of Grass Valley in Nevada County, California. Access to the mine is on county paved roads. San Juan Mining Corporation is a privately owned corporation formed specifically for the purpose of mining the San Juan gold deposit. The project will provide a significant and immediate boost to the local economy, including, but not limited to, 90 high paying local jobs ($27.53 median hourly wage), creation of $4,500,000 in annual payroll, $2,900,000 annually in local material/fuel purchases, and the generation of $330,000 per year in secured/unsecured tax revenue. Additionally, during construction the project will pay $7,000,000 in labor, goods and services from local vendors supplying and working on the project. As further discussed below, protection of the environment will be a focus of the San Juan Mining Corporation throughout project initiation, operation and closure.
One aspect which distinguishes the proposed project from other gold mines is the gold recovery process. Gold from the San Juan project will be recovered by the same process as is used in sand and gravel operations; no toxic materials, such as cyanide or mercury, are used in the recovery process, only water and gravity.