Euro Manganese Inc.'s goals are to:
Recycle the manganese contained in the wastes of an old mining operation to build a profitable and environmentally sustainable business
Behave in a socially respectful and highly ethical fashion
Become a valued member of the local community
Restore the Project site, leaving it in better condition than it is today
We must strike a balance to sustain the demands of modern living that are met by using metals while still achieving our society’s environmental protection and social expectations. Waste recycling is an excellent step in the right direction. The Chvaletice Manganese Project is being planned and designed to achieve the highest standards of environmental and social excellence, while producing products that stand to make our modern society safer, more efficient and more sustainable.
EMN’s team has an extensive history of progressive thinking and responsible development. We are committed to adhering to the very highest ethical, technological, environmental and social standards at Chvaletice while strictly complying with all Czech and EU regulations.
Development of a commercial tailings reprocessing operation on the Chvaletice site is a great opportunity to conduct a valuable, self-funding restoration project that will recycle Communist-era industrial waste, remediate historical contamination and, at the same time, competitively supply high-purity manganese products for the needs of technologically-advanced enterprises in the Czech Republic, Europe and the rest of the world.
The Chvaletice Manganese Project does not entail the development of a mine – It is a mine waste reprocessing, recycling and remediation project. Euro Manganese Inc. is intent on developing a world class waste recycling operation that will adhere to leading environmental management and reclamation practices. By reprocessing the Chvaletice tailings, a collateral benefit is expected to be the self-funding remediation of a site that is a current source of water and ground pollution, leaving it in better condition than it is today and compliant with modern Czech and European Union environmental laws and standards.
“Without metals we would have no batteries, no wind turbines no solar panels, no geothermal wells and no bicycles; no electric cars, no zero-emission buildings and no electricity, and little if any music in our lives. Even cooking food and modern medicine would become very difficult indeed. Metals are needed to create the ingredients for real sustainability, not to mention the improvement in the quality of life of billions of people all over the world. To sustain the modern standard of living that we demand and that metals provide, while meeting our society’s environmental protection expectations, we must strike a balance. It is a question of how best to secure the metals that modern society needs. Waste recycling is an excellent step in the right direction.”
Chvaletice is located 90km east of Prague in the Pardubice Region. The town lies in an agrarian yet industrialized valley, where the navigable Labe River, also known as the Elbe River in German, runs towards the port of Hamburg on the North Sea, through the Czech Republic and Germany. The Labe River has long provided Chvaletice with an important river trade link.
Chvaletice is located at the foot of the Železné Hory (Iron Mountains), in a valley covered by extensive farmland, peppered with small towns and villages, and dotted with places of significant national interest, including nature reserves, ancient castles and historical sites, such as the world-renowned Kladruby National Stud Farm. The topography of the surrounding areas is gentle and covered by farmed fields, as well as deciduous and coniferous forests.
Industrial development in the immediate vicinity of the Chvaletice tailings is fairly concentrated and centered around the 820MW Chvaletice thermal power station. A major industrial hub is located around the city of Pardubice, 25 km east of Chvaletice, where heavy electrical, chemical and automotive industries are predominant. The Chvaletice area is within easy access of major highways and is traversed by one of the country’s busiest rail corridors.
The vicinity of the Chvaletice tailings has been significantly impacted by past mining and related heavy industrial activities. Mining activity at Chvaletice ended in 1975. Czech law exempts land owners and developers from impacts prior to 1989, when communism ended in then Czechoslovakia.
In September 2017, EMN completed a full year of environmental baseline studies of the Chvaletice tailings area, including flora and fauna surveys, surface and underground water sampling/monitoring, and climatic studies. The studies have confirmed that while there are onsite sensitivities and risks that EMN must manage, there are no major roadblocks anticipated. There are, for instance, no critical endangered species’ habitats on or immediately adjacent to the Chvaletice tailings site. Meanwhile, we confirmed that there is extensive and ongoing groundwater contamination beneath the unlined tailings piles.
We are exploring measures to ensure that groundwater below the Chvaletice tailings deposits suffer no further pollution. This is of paramount concern, as past mining activities in the area did not meet modern environmental protection standards, especially when concerning industrial waste disposal. This ongoing contamination of the aquifer is something we will strive to stop – and even possibly reverse to a certain degree. While EMN is indemnified from past environmental liabilities under Czech Law, our proposed manganese processing activities and reclamation plans must comply with modern Czech and European regulations.
We will continue to focus our process design and engineering activities to achieve very high environmental standards that will meet or exceed all Czech and European Union environmental impact, waste management and reclamation requirements
It is Euro Manganese Inc.’s clear objective that the Chvaletice Manganese Project be well integrated into its natural and social environment. For the success of our Project, it is crucial that we ensure that it fits well into the environment and lifestyle of local communities, and that we develop deep and enduring relationships with local residents.
From the outset, our team has been proactive in reaching out to local community members, governments and various organizations to develop a deep understanding of the local setting, both from an environmental and human perspective. By better understanding where we are working and with whom we will coexist, we can design and implement a better business plan.
EMN has initiated pro-active and regular consultation with community stakeholders, which are expected to intensify as the Chvaletice Manganese Project evaluation and planning advances. In February 2018, we inaugurated a Project Information Centre in Chvaletice’s Municipal Culture House to serve as our project office and a key point of direct contact for local residents in the heart of the community. This information centre provides residents with opportunities to learn about the Project, helps them to develop relationships with the EMN and its team, and provides feedback and suggestions during the Project evaluation and planning stage. In November of 2018, Manganrelocated its registered office to Chvaletice. This move is intended as a first step towards ultimately basing its head office in this municipality, close to its operations. From this local base, we will expand and intensify a comprehensive community outreach and consultation program. Our goal here is to ensure that all stakeholders are given a meaningful opportunity to learn about EMI’s intentions and to allow community members to provide valuable input during the Project’s evaluation, planning and development phases.
The extensive technical studies and related activities planned and underway at the Project - as well as the potential construction and operation of this important tailings reprocessing and remediation facility - are expected to generate quality employment for the region’s residents over at least three decades. The reclamation and modern restoration of the Chvaletice tailings deposits are expected to become a positive long-term legacy for the region.
Planning and preparation of the Project’s permit application has been initiated, with the objective of filing a Project Description/Notification early in 2019 with the Czech Ministry of the Environment. The Project Description/Notification will include a description of:
Manganese production process and resulting environmental footprint;
Results of baseline and other studies conducted to date;
Health, safety and environmental management plans;
Impact assessment, impact mitigation and avoidance plans/measures;
Socio-economic impacts on local communities; and
The Project Description will be available to local communities, residents, organizations and regulators, during a public comment and consultation period. The Project Description and the input and comments received, as well as any requirements for changes or additional studies, will serve as the basis of further environmental studies that will support the approval of permits