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When will mine construction begin?

In Montana, construction can begin after a Mine Operating Permit (MOP) is issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the company has a reclamation bond in place. This will take some time because part of the permitting process is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process requiring substantial review including a public comment period. If the MOP for Black Butte is approved by the DEQ, construction of the mine is expected to take approximately 24 months.