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TORONTO, May 12, 2014 /CNW/ - ROMARCO MINERALS INC. (TSX: R) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that the comment period for the
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (the "Draft EIS") prepared by the
US Army Corps of Engineers' (the "Corps") and the State Mining Permit
for the Haile Gold Mine project has officially closed. Comments from
the public were accepted verbally at the Joint Public Hearing on April
24, 2014 (see news release dated March 13, 2014) or in writing between
March 13, 2014 and the end of day on May 9, 2014. The comment period on
the State Mining Permit ran concurrently with the Draft EIS comment
period and, due to a State holiday, ended on Monday May 12, 2014.
Overall, there were 34 verbal comments at the Public Hearing and, as of
late Friday May 9th, there were approximately 34 written comment
letters from individuals, groups and agencies. The vast majority of the
verbal comments were supportive of the Haile project. Of the written
comments received from agencies and interested parties, there were no
comments that requested the project be opposed or the permit denied.
Furthermore, the Company believes that all of the comments came from
agencies or interested parties that have been actively involved
throughout the Haile EIS process. The Final EIS publication date of
July 2014 provides ample opportunity to consider and address all
Diane Garrett, President & CEO commented: "The Draft EIS comment period
is a significant milestone in the EIS process and we will continue to
openly communicate with all stakeholders. We would like to commend the
Corps on the thorough work presented in the Draft EIS, which left no
stone unturned. We also thank the local community for their
overwhelming support of the Haile project during the comment period."
The Corps' permit (pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act) is
the only environmental Federal permit Romarco requires for the Haile
project. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company received four
state permits - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit,
Air Quality permit, Dam Safety permit, and Stormwater Construction
permit. The State permits or authorizations remaining for the Haile
project include, among others, the State Mine Operating permit, for
which the comment period closes at the end of today, May 12, 2014, and
401 Water Quality Certification. South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control is actively working to process the remaining
State permits. For a list of other required permits, please see the
National Instrument 43-101 compliant technical report filed on SEDAR on
March 19, 2012.
About Romarco Minerals Inc.
Romarco Minerals Inc. is a gold development company focused on
production primarily in the US. The Company has completed a positive
Feasibility study and is continuing permitting for its flagship
project, the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina.
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Dan Symons, Vice President, Investor Relations