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The Nevada Mining Association Environmental Committee met at the Jeanne Dini Cultural Center in Yerington, Nevada for their regular quarterly meeting on August 6, 2015.  Before the meeting began, the Committee of approximately 25 members toured the Pumpkin Hollow Project. Rita Menesini, Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator, directed two groups that toured the shaft site (hoist house, headframe and shops) and the core shed where core from recent drilling is being logged. The groups were provided an overview by Nevada Copper’s environmental and geological staff.

Mike Weaver, Nevada Copper’s Safety Manager conducted a Site Specific safety briefing to ensure the visitors were aware of specific site conditions and hazards during their tour. The Site Specific training, which is given to all visitors, helps inform them of the basic health and safety rules they will be required to follow at Pumpkin Hollow.


Mike Weaver, Nevada Copper’s Safety Manager gives a Site Specific safety briefing to the Nevada Mining Association Environmental Committee

The environmental committee was particularly interested in learning about the permitting and environmental aspects of the project, including environmental studies, tailings management, waste rock management, co-development of mining and other economic land uses, reclamation and the potential for conversion of facilities to other uses upon completion of mining.  They also learned how the pending land conveyance was facilitating mine development and helping the City of Yerington.

Thank you Mike Weaver, and thanks to Nevada Copper’s Tim Dyhr,  Vice President Environment and External Relations, Matt Dusenbury, Environmental Manager, Jeanne Smithson, Environmental Coordinator, Mark Hanley, Environmental Specialist, Hank Ohlin, Sr. Geologist, Korin Carpenter, Project Geologist, and Bannon Campbell, Core Technician.

A special thanks to the Nevada Mining Association Environmental Committee for visiting Nevada Copper.  We love to share the value of Pumpkin Hollow.




 July 31, 2015 – Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU) (“Nevada Copper” or the “Company”) is very pleased to provide an update on progress of permitting with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (“NDEP”) – Bureau of Air Pollution Control (“BAPC”) for its 100%-owned Pumpkin Hollow project located near Yerington, Nevada.

On July 30, 2015, BAPC issued the revised Class II air quality operating control permit for a 70,000 tons per day underground and open pit mines feeding a single copper concentrator (“Integrated Project”). This is in addition to the current air permit, which will be retained, for a stand-alone 6,500 ton per day underground concentrator.  The air quality permit covers particulate emissions, electrical generators and fugitive dust.  Since the estimated emissions for any one pollutant are less than 100 tons per year, Pumpkin Hollow is classified as a minor source (Class II). The Integrated Project does not involve any hazardous emissions of criteria pollutants from thermal or chemical processes.

Timothy M. Dyhr, Vice President of Environment and External Relations commented: “Receipt of the air quality permit is a significant milestone.  Our reclamation permit is also near completion with the close of the public comment period on July 24th. No comments were received by NDEP.  Therefore, the Company expects to receive the reclamation permit in early August.  At that time, we will have all of the necessary State environmental permits to develop the much larger open pit and underground operation.”

 With full oversight from NDEP, the Company continues to address all aspects of environmental protection – air, water, waste, reclamation, cultural resources, spill prevention and control, drinking water and storm water.

Previously, the Company announced (News Release July 17, 2015) that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued the Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact that fulfills the environmental review for the Congressionally-mandated Yerington Land Conveyance. Upon completion of a 30-day notice period, the BLM can issue a “patent”, or property deed, to the City of Yerington (the “City”). The land acquisition remains on track for a Q3 2015 closing.  The Company continues to work closely with the City and the BLM on the patent and payment for the land to finalize the conveyance.  Subsequently, the City will re-convey a major portion of those lands to Nevada Copper.

Additional Information

For further information please visit the Nevada Copper corporate website ( and visit our Pumpkin Hollow virtual tour.




 Giulio T. Bonifacio, President & CEO


Cautionary Language

This news release includes certain statements and information that may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information specifically include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: management’s expectations of completion of the permitting and land acquisition by Q3-2015,  expectations as to the results of the planned underground and surface drilling programs, as well as the Company’s plans in general at the Pumpkin Hollow Project.

 Forward-looking statements or information relate to future events and future performance and include statements regarding the expectations and beliefs of management and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the realization of mineral resources and mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, capital costs, costs of production, capital expenditures, success of mining operations, environmental risks and other mining related matters.  Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “potential”, “is expected”, “anticipated”, “is targeted”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.  Forward-looking statements or information include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information.

 Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties relating to: requirements for additional capital; loss of its material properties; interest rates increase; global economy; no history of production; future metals price fluctuations, speculative nature of exploration activities; periodic interruptions to exploration, development and mining activities; environmental hazards and liability; industrial accidents; failure of processing and mining equipment to perform as expected; labor disputes; supply problems; uncertainty of production and cost estimates; the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; possible variations in ore reserves, grade of mineralization or recovery rates may differ from what is indicated and the difference may be material; legal and regulatory proceedings and community actions; accidents, title matters; regulatory restrictions; permitting and licensing; volatility of the market price of Common Shares; insurance; competition; hedging activities; currency fluctuations; loss of key employees; unanticipated political events in the United States,  other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 17, 2015.  Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information.  The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update forward-looking statements or information except as required by law, and you are referred to the full discussion of the Company’s business contained in the Company’s reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that could cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  For more information on Nevada Copper and the risks and challenges of its business, investors should review Nevada Copper’s annual filings that are available at

 The Company provides no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.


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Eugene ToffoloVP, Investor Relations & Communications
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Robert McKnight, P.Eng., MBA
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Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow Project hosted a Public Presentation on July 22

Pumpkin Hollow Project staff met with the local community on July 22, 2015 at 6 PM in the Pioneer Crossing Convention Center for an update on the progress of the Project and revised feasibility study.  Tim Dyhr, Vice President of Environment & External Relations gave a PowerPoint presentation full of updates and information on the Pumpkin Hollow Project with a Q&A session to an audience of over one hundred (100) people.  Seven (7) station tables were set up with Nevada Copper managers and staff to answer questions regarding; Mining, Engineering & Construction, Procurement, Safety, Environment, Processing and Geology.

Key accomplishments to date include:

  • Completed production headframe and hoist
  • Completed 24-foot diameter production-sized shaft to 1900 feet below ground
  • Developed 500+ feet of underground drift on the 1900 haulage level
  • Commenced underground drilling from two stations on the 1900 level
  • Installed electrical substation, ventilation fans, dewatering pumps and other underground infrastructure in the 1900 level
  • Resumed surface drilling in the two open pit zones of the project
  • Completed the “Integrated Feasibility Study” for open pit and underground mining operations with a single 70,000 ton per day processing facility (concentrator) which included;
  • Added drill results from drilling not included in the previous feasibility studies
  • Added improvements to construction, mining and processing

Tim Dyhr pointed out the tasks and steps the Pumpkin Hollow Project must first complete before production can begin:

  • Finalize the land conveyance and state permitting
  • Secure financing for the project
  • Complete the main production shaft to 2,160 feet below the surface
  • Sink a second ventilation and emergency egress shaft
  • Develop the underground mine access drifts
  • Construct processing facilities
  • Construct water, power and road access, as well as shops and offices
  • Recruit and train a workforce for mining and milling operations
  • Obtain and assemble mine shovels, excavators and haul trucks and other equipment for mining
  • Initiate underground and open pit mining

A Safety Award “shout out” was also announced by Tim Dyhr.

Cementation, USA, Nevada Copper’s underground shaft sinking contractor, tied for first (1st) place in the Nevada Mining Association 2015 Safety Awards in the ‘Safety, Contractors’ category.   Nevada Copper, the Pumpkin Hollow Project also tied for first (1st) place in the Safety Underground Category for mine developments up to 99 employees.


Tim Dyhr, Vice President of Environment and External Relations for Nevada Copper gives an informational updated presentation to the public.


Greg French, Vice President Exploration and Project Development and Project Geologist, Korin Carpenter answer questions about geology and exploration at Pumpkin Hollow.

Greg French, Vice President of Exploration and Project Development and Project Geologist, Korin Carpenter answer questions about geology and exploration at Pumpkin Hollow.

The presentation also highlighted the extensive environmental studies that have been undertaken to design and operate the project in order to meet high environmental standards, as well as the environmental permitting, management and monitoring work that is ongoing to protect surface water and groundwater. Detailed reclamation plans and performance bonding (to ensure the safe and professional closure and reclamation of the mine upon completion of mining) is required before the project can be built.  These plans must be reviewed every three years by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.  The Yerington land conveyance, as directed by Congress, will also provide distinct opportunities to convert, rather than demolish, mine facilities such as buildings, power lines, water supply and wastewater treatment, and roads for other economic uses upon completion of mining.


Environmental Specialists Tim Leedy and Mark Hanley conduct groundwater sampling and monitoring seven days a week. Four people are presently employed at Pumpkin Hollow to manage the environmental aspects of the project including a network of 25 monitoring wells.  As the project transitions to production, additional management and monitoring will be conducted on air, water, mine rock, tailings and waste to insure that environmental resources are protected.


Nevada Copper’s Pumpkin Hollow Project’s approach is to ensure our mine has minimal impact on the environment. With this in mind, some of the goals of this project are to protect human health and the environment, to reclaim mine rock and tailings storage areas, restore natural vegetation and seek to convert mine facilities to other future uses …… A responsible approach to mining. We have conducted extensive studies to understand the condition of the environment before starting operations. These studies help us understand the characteristics of the water, land, air, plant and animal species within our stewardship area. We also hire professionals to inventory cultural resources to discover any cultural artifacts that may be present. With this knowledge in hand, we design and implement methods to minimize the impact on the environment as much as practical, and – where possible – even enhance it.


The following are the key elements of the permitting and compliance for Pumpkin Hollow:

  • Obtained ten (10) environmental permits with state and federal agencies.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual reports for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection detailing groundwater quality data.
  • Prepare annual reports to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection delineating all existing disturbance acreage.
  • Report at least annually on several other permits.

RECLAMATION:  Nevada Copper’s Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project:

  • Maintains a comprehensive database of every acre of disturbance on site.
  • Will reclaim and revegetate all disturbances to a state as good or better than the original.
  • Has completed reclamation earthwork on ~70% of existing disturbance
  • Has planted and is evaluating revegetation test plots
  • Will leave some multi-purpose facilities behind following cessation of mining to be converted to another use.

Land disturbance is a consequence of mining. Our aim is to minimize our footprint and mitigate our impacts.

An important element of our environmental management approach is the development of closure and reclamation plans as a part of initial project planning and design. Closure and reclamation plans are then routinely updated during the life of the operation to ensure that environmental impacts are effectively addressed and financial obligations are satisfied.



At Pumpkin Hollow we utilize state of the art groundwater sampling and monitoring technology (depth sensors, sonic sensors, and bladder pumps) to regularly monitor groundwater from approximately 20 on site monitoring wells.

In addition to the above, here are some other aspects of our commitment to a responsible approach to mining.


  • Characterized the native vegetation – no Threatened & Endangered (T&E) species affected.
  • Characterized the local wildlife community (no T&E species affected).
  • Will create facilities that are fenced or otherwise made generally inaccessible to wildlife.

Geology and Soils:

  • Characterized all primary rock types to be excavated and plans to safely manage and reclaim mine rock storage areas to prevent degradation of surface and ground water.
  • Determined with laboratory testing that the majority of the mine rock will not leach metals, pollutants or generate acid.
  • Identified and characterized all site soils.


  • Regularly monitor air quality, including fugitive dust, and has plans in place for dust control.


  • Develop a well-trained workforce committed to safe, clean production.
  • Emphasize that safety of all of its workers is the highest priority.


  • Diversions and berms have been engineered to prevent storm water run-on into mine facilities and to manage storm water run-off from mine facilities.
  • Mine rock and tailings facilities have been designed and will be constructed to be structurally and erosionally stable during and after operations.

Mineral Processing:

  • Processing equipment has control systems designed to detect and prevent spillage or escape of process fluid to the environment.
  • All process fluids are contained in zero discharge vessels or ponds (primary containment), that have overflow (secondary containment) to capture accidental release of process fluids from primary containment.
  • Water will be removed from tailings (the fine ground rock that remains after the copper, gold and silver have been extracted) using high pressure filters to maximize water recycling and reduce water consumption by up to 65% over more standard methods.
  • Removing water from tailings also eliminates the need for a dam and the potential for seepage into groundwater. It also significantly reduces the size of the area needed for permanent storage of tailings.



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JULY 22, 2015 – 6 PM – Pioneer Crossing Convention Center


Please join us for a public information meeting to learn about the Pumpkin Hollow Project.

On Thursday, July 9, Nevada Copper Corp. published a revised feasibility study that describes an integrated open pit and underground mine with a 70,000 ton per day process plant. Combined with the passage of the Yerington Land Conveyance by Congress in December 2014, the company sees the opportunity to develop the Integrated Project (2 mines, one mill) instead of a smaller underground mine and mill first and then a second open pit mine and mill.  The Integrated Project greatly enhances the attractiveness of and opportunity to finance the bigger project.  At the same time we have nearly completed receipt of all necessary permits to develop the integrated project.

With all of this progress, we believe it is a good time to conduct a public information meeting to let the local community know all the things we are doing and will be doing.  This includes safety, environmental and reclamation programs, management and use of groundwater and surface water, construction, mining and processing operations, and the most frequently asked questions about jobs, training and hiring.

Our goal is to ensure our mine is the safest and most productive mine with minimal impact on the environment.  We intend to convert mine facilities to other future economic uses and reclaim mine rock and tailings storage areas, and restore natural vegetation ……  A responsible approach to mining. 

Before Nevada Copper begins production and makes its first penny from copper, it needs to invest $1 billion!

We first must:

  • Complete the land conveyance and state permitting
  • Secure financing for the project
  • Complete the main production shaft to 2,160 feet below the surface
  • Sink a second ventilation-emergency egress shaft
  • Develop the underground mine access drifts (or tunnels)
  • Construct processing facilities
  • Construct water, power and road access, as well as shops and offices
  • Recruit and train a workforce for mining and milling operations
  • Obtain and assemble mine shovels, excavators and haul trucks and other equipment for mining
  • Initiate underground and open pit mining

All of Nevada will benefit from the taxes and jobs created by the Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project. Over the period of active production, the Integrated Project would create approximately 900-1,000 direct jobs. In addition, the mine will employ contractors (indirect jobs) and create other “induced” jobs such as local retail or service businesses, teachers and other public services. Total direct, indirect and induced jobs created by this project are estimated to be 3,000-3,500.

We at Nevada Copper, Pumpkin Hollow Project are committed to an on-going consultation with the Yerington community and to provide updated information on the progress of our project as it moves along.

“Right Place. Right Time. Right People. Right Way.”



2015 is an exciting year at Pumpkin Hollow.  In addition to continuing to sink a 24-foot diameter 2,200 feet deep production-sized shaft and 700 feet of underground lateral development, the company has initiated a renewed exploration program.

The current underground drilling program is expected to commence in April and will consist of 26,000 feet (7,900 meters) of drilling. The East deposit has not been drilled since 2011. At that time, the company determined that with a reserve in excess of 13 years, there were sufficient reserves to support a decision to develop the underground mine and additional drilling would be more cost effective from underground drill stations.  Now that the production shaft has reached the 1,900 level and lateral development is underway, several underground drill stations can be set up and drilling conducted concurrent with completion shaft sinking to 2,160 feet. The deposit remains open in several directions and underground drilling will focus on enlarging the high grade zones and providing additional data for mine development design.


The open pit drill program has commenced. The drill program will focus on the important “saddle zone” located between the North and South deposits and areas of the North pit that, with success, will further enhance current copper grades and reduce the strip ratio. Drilling success in the saddle zone is expected to add copper pounds by converting what was previously considered waste (due to lack of drill data) into ore. The open pit program will focus on areas that will enhance the copper grades and reduce strip ratio (the ratio of quantities of mine waste rock to quantities of ore).


A team of geologists will be helped to implement the exploration program, primarily collecting additional geological and geotechnical information for the mine modeling.  In addition, the company will have 8 to 12 contract drill crews stationed in Yerington working on rotating shifts operating 24 hours per day, seven days a week.


On March 6, 2015 six members of the Nevada Mining Association and two directors from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development came to visit Nevada Copper, the Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project for an overview presentation and a mine tour. The occasion gave us a chance to highlight the opportunities for economic development with both mines and other commercial and industrial development envisioned at Pumpkin Hollow.

The Nevada Mining Association has existed for more than 100 years-first established in 1912 as the Nevada Mine Operators Association and changed to the Nevada Mining Association in 1952. From debating policy matters in the state legislature and local governments to uniting the voice of the industry in public relations and leading the industry’s efforts in the community, the work of the Nevada Mining Association can be seen in all corners of the state and in all levels of the communities.

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) was created during the 2011 Session of the Nevada Legislature through a collaboration of the Nevada Governor’s Office and the Leadership of the Nevada State Senate and State Assembly.

GOED promotes a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, stimulating business expansion and retention, encouraging entrepreneurial enterprise, attracting new business and facilitating community development.

A tour of the Hoist House with Nevada Mining Association and GOED (Government of Economic Development).

A tour of the Hoist House with Nevada Mining Association and GOED.



Nevada Copper’s General Manager of Project Construction, Tim Dake explains the mechanisms & procedures at the shaft, sub-collar.

From left to right standing in from the the Cashman-Equipment is Nevada Copper'sTim Dake,
From left to right standing in front of  a loader supplied by Cashman-Equipment is Nevada Copper’s Tim Dake, UNR Student and NVMA legislative intern Jordan Hicks, Bill Arends, NMA Lauren Arends, President of NMA Dana Bennett, GOED Directors Steve Hill & Peter Walllish, NMA’s Dylan Shaver and Joseph Riney.
Understanding and learning about the shaft progress

Understanding and learning about the shaft progress


Bachelors of Science, Mining Engineers, Tate Boyster and Axel Loehden inquire about employment at the Nevada Copper booth.


Metallurgical Engineers sign-up for possible summer internship at Nevada Copper.


Nevada Copper participated in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science/Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Career and Internship Fair of 2015.  The NRES-Mackay School of Mines event took place in the Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno on February 11, 2015.

This event provided an opportunity to meet and interact with the students majoring or interested in career fields such as environmental science, geology, mining engineering, metallurgical and related units.

Rita Kay Menesini, Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator says the students and graduates presented themselves in a most professional manner and showed much potential for future hiring.  She wishes each & every student the best.

A big thank you to Katia Albright, M.A., Coordinator of Career Development, Nancy Markee, Ph.D, Associate Professor Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and to Julie Stoughton, M.S., Lecturer and Academic Advisor Natural Resources and Environmental Science.  Also to everyone involved in organizing this beneficial event.



CuPennyCopper (Cu) is an extremely useful industrial metal that is ductile (capable of being drawn into wire), malleable (capable of being hammered and molded) and an excellent conductor of electricity.


Cu – Copper

Discovered in: Antiquity

Discovered by: Unknown

Description: The origins of its name unknown. Copper is one of the first metals to be used, largely because it occurs in metallic form at the surface. By 4000 B.C., it was being smelted from ores in Israel and other parts of the Middle East. Copper is a malleable, ductile reddish metal, and is one of only two strongly colored metals (gold being the other). Copper is a stable metal largely unaffected by water and air, although carbon dioxide will react with the surface of pure copper to form greenish copper carbonate. Copper is an excellent conductor of electricity (second only to silver) and electrical motors, generators and wiring are its primary use. Copper is also used in ornamentation, coins and as a building material, especially in plumbing and roofing. Many pounds of copper are used in each automobile in radiators and electronic wiring. American police officers are nicknamed cops or coppers due to the copper buttons their uniforms used to have. Copper sulfate (blue vitriol) is used as an agricultural poison and a water purifier. Copper’s symbol Cu comes from its Latin name, cuprum.

Biological Rating: Necessary for full health of plants and animals.

Biological Benefits: Copper is a necessary trace element to all species. It is a key component of certain enzymes and interacts with iron as hemocyanin, which is important in red blood cell production. The nervous system and bones also need copper. Copper is important to the sense of taste and copper has a distinctive taste that can be detected at very small concentrations.

Percentage Amount in the Human Body: 0.0001%

Obtained From: Copper is a common element in many minerals and commonly occurs in pure, native form. Most of the world’s copper comes from the minerals chalcopyrite and chalcocite. Chrysocolla and malachite also are mined for copper. Other copper-bearing minerals include atacamite, azurite, bornite, brochantite, cuprite (copper oxide), dioptase, rosasite and tetrahedrite.

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