EarthFax has prepared applications to obtain operating permits for several coal mines in Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. We have also prepared documentation for gold, silver, uranium, sandstone, limestone, shale, gypsum, and potash mines in the western United States to obtain the necessary permits to operate. We have conducted baseline inventories of hydrology, soils, and geology and gathered information regarding biological resources, air quality, land use, legal issues, financial issues, and compliance issues. Using appropriate modeling techniques, analyses of data trends, and evaluation of information from nearby operations, we have predicted the impacts of mining activities on local and regional environmental resources and designed mitigation measures to preclude or minimize these impacts.
We have also designed major engineering aspects of the mining and reclamation operations, including roads, pads, runoff- and sediment-control facilities, grading plans, subsidence-control plans, etc. We have also assisted clients with siting and design of tailings/waste containment facilities.
EarthFax has prepared detailed reclamation bond estimates and, when requested, have managed multi disciplinary teams, provided turn-key preparation of permit application documents, and submitted the information to the agencies for approval. We have then continued to provide follow-up services to the mining companies to resolve permitting issues with appropriate State and Federal agencies.