TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Atlanta Gold Inc. (TSXV: ATG) (OTCQX: ATLDF) (the "Company") today reported that two events in May caused arsenic
and iron discharge from the water treatment facility at the Atlanta
Project to exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. High
spring runoff and an uncontrolled release in water flow caused by a
ground collapse in the cross-cut behind the bulkhead in the 900 Level
adit resulted in water cresting the bulkhead and flushing sediment from
the floor of the crosscut and carrying it downstream through the
pre-pond solids filters, to the containment ponds. This could be seen
as a 12 inch orange line above the normal high water mark on May 17th. A further surge in water raised the pond surface water over 24" on
From the containment ponds, the water pushed over and through the
filters in the water treatment facility, depositing silt throughout.
The silt restricted flow through most of the filters in the system.
Large scale cleaning of the water treatment facility is in progress.
The influent flow to the water treatment facility on May 1, 2014 was
73.8 gallons per minute ("gpm") and by May 13, 2014 had risen to 121.3
gpm. On May 14th the flow surged to 462.9 gpm and flow spiked to 1,048.2 gpm on May 17th. The most recent surge occurred in the morning of June 10th raising the pond water by 24" and receded to 180 gpm within 24 hours.
Best management practices are being used to address the issues. New
filter material has been ordered and the installation is expected to be
completed within the next two weeks at a cost of approximately
$30,000. Portions of the water treatment facility have been taken off
line for cleaning, rebuilding and maintenance. These were the first
incidents of exceedance at the water treatment facility in more than
six months of operation. The Company has a plan in place to install a
plug in the crosscut that is necessary to manage water flows and
About the Company
Atlanta Gold Inc. holds through its 100% owned subsidiary, Atlanta Gold Corporation,
leases, options or ownership interests in its Atlanta properties which
comprise approximately 2,159 acres (8.74 square kilometers) located 90
air kilometers east of Boise, in Elmore County, Idaho. A long history
of mining makes Atlanta very suitable for development of new mining
projects. The Company is focused on advancing its core asset, Atlanta,
towards mine development and production.
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Atlanta Gold Inc.:
Wm. Ernest Simmons
President and CEO
Fax: (208) 338-6513
Atlanta Gold Corporation
Eric J. Berentsen
Telephone: (208) 424-3343
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