Our experience in mine planning dates back to the enactment of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in the 1970s, and has since provided project management and technical services for all elements of mine planning. ATC manages all facets of planning for both coal and non-coal mines, and has developed a long-standing rapport among mining clients and regulators that consistently results in successful outcomes of mining projects. The primary elements of our mine-planning services are:
Our primary focus in mine planning is permitting. We have nearly 40 years of experience in permitting that includes coal, hard-rock, sand-and-gravel, uranium and bentonite projects throughout the Mountain West and Alaska. We produce turn-key permitting products for mining clients that require minimal regulatory follow-up for completion and minimize delay in commencing mining operations. We have a solid understanding of the regulatory processes that govern local, state and federal permitting, and provide all ancillary permits that are required for a license to mine. ATC staff routinely interfaces with other agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and any local or state agency that requires involvement for air quality permitting, water quality monitoring, water rights documentation, and wildlife protection. We also coordinate and manage full baseline analyses that are required to characterize all aspects of the land and environment prior to mining, and have established a group of well-respected contractors that provide high-quality studies that are minimally challenged by regulators. Our comprehensive ability to prepare a mining permit leaves no stone unturned and maximizes the likelihood for a timely permit approval.