VANCOUVER, April 28 /CNW/ - Roca Mines Inc. (TSX-V: ROK) ("Roca") is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, FortyTwo Metals Inc., has received an amendment to its operating permit M-226, approving an increase in production to its planned Phase II, 1,000 tonnes/day throughput rate from the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (BC-MEMPR).
The approval is a milestone for the MAX Molybdenum Mine and British Columbia's mining industry. MAX is the first new operating BC metal mine to be permitted since the Huckleberry Mine in 1997. The planned expansion to Phase II will allow the mine to continue operations for years to come and will add roughly 30% to its current workforce, bringing the total number of direct jobs at the site to 90. Roca has strived to make the mine a great benefit to the local economy by employing local workers, contractors and suppliers in its construction and operations.
Roca extends thanks to the many individuals and organizations who participated in our project review including: community stakeholders, the K'Tunaxa Nation, the Splats'in First Nation, the West Kootenay Mine Development Review Committee, the Nelson offices of the BC - Ministry of Environment, and the Cranbrook and Victoria offices of the BC-MEMPR. The review process was focused, thoughtful, open and well organized.
ROCA MINES INC.
Scott E. Broughton - President and CEO
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